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Sign a petition here and take a survey on dog parks in San Leandro here.

Right Now

Speak now, or forever hold your leash! Save and promote off-leash recreation areas for dogs in the Bay Area!

  • For San Francisco, call 415 273-5715, e-mail fortfunston@hotmail.com or visit www.sfdog.org or www.fortfunston.com for further information. Sign a petition to create permanent off-leash areas in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area here.
  • For the East Bay, sign the petition to keep Pt. Isabel as an off-leash area, and help Oyster Bay Dogs keep Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline dog-friendly.
  • For Oakland, Michelle Doppelt, Dimond Park Rec Center, is re-activating the Dimond Park Advisory Council. One of the topics she is proposing is a K-9 group to consider a number of options to make Dimond Park more dog friendly. Right now no dogs are allowed in Dimond Park. If you are interested in getting involved, go to DPAC’s web site http://www.dimondpark.info/search/label/k9group, scroll down to see proposed dog run and walkway. If you would like to be part of this DPAC Action Team Send an email to Michelle Doppelt mdoppelt@oaklandnet.com
  • For San Jose, contact Steve Roemer, San Jose Parks Manager, to let him know you support more and better dog parks at (408) 794-1359.
  • For Campbell, contact Lisa Petersen, senior engineer for Campbell at 408 866-2190 or visit www.cityofcampbell.com (check under “What’s New”).
  • For Milpitas, join the Milpitas Dog Park group at yahoo.com.
  • For Santa Clara County, contact Jane Mark of County Parks at (408) 355-2237 or jane.mark@mail.prk.co.santa-clara.ca.us.
  • For Santa Cruz, save the Lighthouse Field (see Laura’s site, also).
  • For San Mateo Countysign this on-line petition.

 

 

Ongoing

Puppy Socials and Special Playgroups

 

By appointment

“Dog Day Evenings”, Program for canine companions (6 months or older, over 40 pounds) to romp and socialize in an indoor/outdoor facility, rain or shine, with off leash, supervised playtime with a professional trainer to monitor dog interactions. Dogs must be current on vaccinations, have attended basic obedience class and must be altered. $5 per session or six sessions for $25. To register, call 650-340-7022, ext. 667 or email, training@phs-spca.org.

Every Monday

“In Tune Puppy Playgroup, 5:15 p.m., Pet Food Express, 1902 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell. Drop in sessions, please register for first session only at InTuneDogTraining.com/Playgroup. Bring: Healthy puppy, 1 week past first DHPP, first deworming, and 1st Canine Flu. Bordetella, fecal test, Rabies scheduled, if not done already. Collar (no slip, metal, or shock collars), leash (no flexi-leads), treats, vax records, and $10 cash.For more information contact Nancy@InTuneDogTraining.com or visit InTuneDogTraining.com

Every Tuesday  – recommended for puppies!

P.E.T.S. (Puppy Environmental Training Socials)”, 10am (shy or first-time pups), 11am (“tweeners”), and noon (more active pups), Pet Food Express, 1902 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell. Got Fun? We do! PETS is a new type of social. During this one-hour puppy social your puppy will be exposed to multiple new and different sights, sounds and surfaces. You and your puppy will be able to interact with and explore this changing environment under the watchful eyes of Professional Dog Trainers. This is a safe place where your puppy can build its confidence in approaching new and unfamiliar situations. You will be encouraged to work with your puppy and help your puppy learn and enhance the bond between you both. Your puppy will be able to socialized with other puppies and will be able to refine their play skills, their social skills and bite inhibition. We will be working with you and will explain the canine behaviors and communications you are seeing. Please bring a variety of treats to reinforce your puppies learning. Also, for safety please have your puppy wearing a flat collar and leash, any other management tool will need to be removed during play. Requirements: Your puppy must be under 18 weeks of age or currently enrolled in Puppy 1 class when they attend their first social, then they can continue to come as long as they remain friendly and social. Bring proof of vaccinations with you to your first social. There must be an adult 18 years or older present at all times. Cost: $10 each (Cash, Credit/Debit, or Check). Walk-ins welcome, but to make sure you have a spot, please RSVP. For more information contact Sarah Kevin, Paws 4 Life Dog Training, Paws4Lifedt@gmail.com or 408-858-0880 (cell).

Every Tuesday – Recommended for puppies!

“PuppyGarten” 5:30-6:30 PM, Pet Food Express, 1768 Miramonte Avenue, Mountain View. “Our PuppyGarten is specifically designed to provide your puppy the enrichment and socialization he/she requires with other puppies. Enrichment means exposure to novel objects, noises, textures, sounds, etc. in combination with healthy play and learning basic behaviors. PuppyGarten provides you and your puppy an introduction to the real world. The puppies will learn behaviors such as sit, down, stay, leave it, take it, recall, look and much more. We will discuss the challenging puppy behaviors such as mouthing, jumping up, potty training and body handling. We use the least invasive and force-free training methods available to us to help create a safe environment for your puppy and to make training a lot of fun.” Vaccination requirements: Proof of one DHPP vaccine. Sign up for 1, 3, 6 or 10 classes. Price: 1 Class: $45, 3 Classes: $111, etc. For more information see SmithDog.training/classes.

Every Tuesday

“In Tune Puppy Playgroup”, 4:30 p.m., Adobe Animal Hospital South Bay, 15965 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos. Drop in sessions, please register for first session only at InTuneDogTraining.com/Playgroup. Bring: Healthy puppy, 1 week past first DHPP, first deworming, and 1st Canine Flu. Bordetella, fecal test, Rabies scheduled, if not done already. Collar (no slip, metal, or shock collars), leash (no flexi-leads), treats, vax records, and $10 cash. Puppies must be 20 weeks or younger at first playgroup. Puppy Playgroups provide a safe environment to socialize your new puppy during the first 20 weeks – that critical socialization window. Your puppy will play with other puppies to help improve his social skills, learn to control their biting, and gain confidence. Your puppy will also be exposed to people wearing things (masks, hats), people with moving objects (vacuum, broom), noises (baby crying, sirens) and much more. All sessions are closely monitored by qualified trainers to ensure your puppy has a positive experience. For more information contact Nancy@InTuneDogTraining.com or visit InTuneDogTraining.com

Every Tuesday

“Puppy Social,” 7-8pm, K9 Scrub Club, 1734 Church Street, San Francisco. Nothing’s more adorable than a puppy…and nothing’s more important than giving them every opportunity to socialize, learn proper behaviors and let off some steam! If you have a puppy under 6 months old, then scroll down and register your pup at one of our upcoming socials in San Francisco or Marin. We’ll provide a clean, safe space for your puppy to get together with other pups and learn the basics of how to interact and play nicely. Even better, our puppy socials are completely free! Each social offers something new and important to your puppy’s learning and growth. Topics include, safety tips for puppy-proofing your home, puppy nutrition, introducing the right toys at the right time and many more. You’ll leave with some great information, resources & tips that you can take with you and practice at home. Advance registration is required. For more information see k9scrubclub.com.

Every Tuesday

“PHS Puppy Playgroup,” 6:15-7:15pm, Center for Compassion, 1450 Rollins Rd., Burlingame. A class for pups under 6 months who very much need socialization to build a good foundation for the future. Class provides off-leash, supervised playtime to teach puppies how to play with other dogs. Pups need not, but can be enrolled in either Puppy Preschool or Puppy Kindergarten at the same time as this class. Drop-ins welcome, but please arrive 10 minutes early to register. For more information see phs-spca.org.

Every Wednesday – recommended for puppies!

P.E.T.S. (Puppy Environmental Training Socials)”, 5:30pm (shy or first time pups), 6:30pm (more active pups); Sweet Doggies, 1800 De La Cruz Blvd, Santa Clara. Got Fun? We do! PETS is a new type of social. During this one-hour puppy social your puppy will be exposed to multiple new and different sights, sounds and surfaces. You and your puppy will be able to interact with and explore this changing environment under the watchful eyes of Professional Dog Trainers. This is a safe place where your puppy can build its confidence in approaching new and unfamiliar situations. You will be encouraged to work with your puppy and help your puppy learn and enhance the bond between you both. Your puppy will be able to socialized with other puppies and will be able to refine their play skills, their social skills and bite inhibition. We will be working with you and will explain the canine behaviors and communications you are seeing. Please bring a variety of treats to reinforce your puppies learning. Also, for safety please have your puppy wearing a flat collar and leash, any other management tool will need to be removed during play. Requirements: Your puppy must be under 18 weeks of age or currently enrolled in Puppy 1 class when they attend their first social, then they can continue to come as long as they remain friendly and social. Bring proof of vaccinations with you to your first social. There must be an adult 18 years or older present at all times. Cost: $10 each (Cash, Credit/Debit, or Check). Walk-ins welcome, but to make sure you have a spot, please RSVP. For more information contact Sarah Kevin, Paws 4 Life Dog Training, Paws4Lifedt@gmail.com or 408-858-0880 (cell).

Every Wednesday

“In Tune Puppy Social,” 5:15pm, Pet Food Express, 5148 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose. Drop in sessions, please register for first session only at InTuneDogTraining.com/Playgroup. Bring: Healthy puppy, 1 week past first DHPP, first deworming, and 1st Canine Flu. Bordetella, fecal test, Rabies scheduled, if not done already. Collar (no slip, metal, or shock collars), leash (no flexi-leads), treats, vax records, and $10 cash. Puppies must be 20 weeks or younger at first playgroup. Puppy Playgroups provide a safe environment to socialize your new puppy during the first 20 weeks – that critical socialization window. Your puppy will play with other puppies to help improve his social skills, learn to control their biting, and gain confidence. Your puppy will also be exposed to people wearing things (masks, hats), people with moving objects (vacuum, broom), noises (baby crying, sirens) and much more. All sessions are closely monitored by qualified trainers to ensure your puppy has a positive experience. For more information contact Nancy@InTuneDogTraining.com or visit InTuneDogTraining.com

Every Wednesday (and Friday)

Adolescent Playgroup,” 6:15 – 7:15 pm, SFSPCA, 243 Alabama Street, Training Annex or Training Loft. We offer one of the only older-puppy indoor supervised playgroup options in San Francisco.  If your pup has aged out of Puppy Playgroup but still wants to work on play skills in a safe, sanitary environment supervised by professional trainers, join us on Wednesdays and Fridays!  Adolescent Playgroup spots are available by pre-registration.  Please register using the links below for future dates. For more information see SFSPCA.

Every Wednesday ( with few exceptions – see website)

“Adolescent Playgroup” 6:15 – 7:15 pm, SF/SPCA Multi-Purpose Room, 243 Alabama Street, San Francisco. In addition to our twice-weekly Puppy Playgroups, we now offer a once-weekly Adolescent Playgroup on Wednesday nights from, for pups between 18 weeks and 8 months of age. Playgroup fills quickly, so come early! $20. For more information see sfspca.org.

Every Thursday  – recommended for puppies!

P.E.T.S. (Puppy Environmental Training Socials)”, 5:30pm (shy or first time pups), 6:30pm (“tweeners”) and 7:30pm (more active pups), Pet Food Express, 1902 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell. Got Fun? We do! PETS is a new type of social. During this one-hour puppy social your puppy will be exposed to multiple new and different sights, sounds and surfaces. You and your puppy will be able to interact with and explore this changing environment under the watchful eyes of Professional Dog Trainers. This is a safe place where your puppy can build its confidence in approaching new and unfamiliar situations. You will be encouraged to work with your puppy and help your puppy learn and enhance the bond between you both. Your puppy will be able to socialized with other puppies and will be able to refine their play skills, their social skills and bite inhibition. We will be working with you and will explain the canine behaviors and communications you are seeing. Please bring a variety of treats to reinforce your puppies learning. Also, for safety please have your puppy wearing a flat collar and leash, any other management tool will need to be removed during play. Requirements: Your puppy must be under 18 weeks of age or currently enrolled in Puppy 1 class when they attend their first social, then they can continue to come as long as they remain friendly and social. Bring proof of vaccinations with you to your first social. There must be an adult 18 years or older present at all times. Cost: $10 each (Cash, Credit/Debit, or Check). Walk-ins welcome, but to make sure you have a spot, please RSVP. For more information contact Sarah Kevin, Paws 4 Life Dog Training, Paws4Lifedt@gmail.com or 408-858-0880 (cell).

Every Friday – Recommended for puppies!

HSSV Puppy Socials,” 7-7:45 p.m., Humane Society Silicon Valley Training Room, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. In a trainer-supervised setting, puppies learn important play skills and bite inhibition and are exposed to environmental stimulus to help build confidence, assist in development and prevent fearful behavior in adulthood. Friday nights is designed for more playful, outgoing dogs – all puppies welcome. Attend on Sunday morning instead if your puppy is still a bit shy or fearful of new settings.  $10 cash at the door.

Every Friday (and Wednesday)

Adolescent Playgroup,” 6:15 – 7:15 pm, SFSPCA, 243 Alabama Street, Training Annex or Training Loft. We offer one of the only older-puppy indoor supervised playgroup options in San Francisco.  If your pup has aged out of Puppy Playgroup but still wants to work on play skills in a safe, sanitary environment supervised by professional trainers, join us on Wednesdays and Fridays!  Adolescent Playgroup spots are available by pre-registration.  Please register using the links below for future dates. For more information see SFSPCA.

Every Friday – Recommended for puppies!

“Sirius Puppy Social,” 6:30 PM, Branham Plaza, 4442-B Pearl Avenue (at Branham), San Jose. Pups must be 12 to 18 weeks of age when they attend their first social (The upper age limit for starting the socials is 18 weeks, however, if they keep coming regularly and stay social, they can attend the rest of their lives). Bring shot records with you to your first social. Pups must have age-appropriate vaccines. Flat collar only (no metal or slip collars). No flexi-leashes. Guardian 18 years or older MUST accompany dog throughout the social. Bring yummy treats for your pup. Space may be limited. When room is full, social will be closed to any other pups who may show up. Trainer reserves the right to excuse any pup from social for any reason. Walk-in fee is $10 per dog. For more information contact Eleanor Stewart at 408 750-6750 or eleanor_stewart@yahoo.com.

Every Friday

“Small Dog Social,” 6:30-7:30 PM, SF Puppy Prep, 251 Sixth Street San Francisco. Let your little ones play, and get their yah yah’s out while you sip some wine, kick back, and share housetraining tips. Exclusively for small dogs (under 25 lbs) and their parents. Wine and cheese for adult humans, treats for the dogs. It’s indoors, it’s safe, and most of all… it’s silly! SF Puppy Prep class or daycare attendees: $10 per dog; all others: $15 per dog. For more information contact SF Puppy Prep at 415-618-0828 or info@sfpuppyprep.com.

Every Friday

“Yappy Hour,” 7-7:30, PetCo Unleashed, 1155 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. Join us for an hour full of socializing and fun! We’ll serve refreshments for people and pets. It’s the perfect occasion to mingle with other pets and their parents! For more information call 408-292-1405.

Every Friday

“Puppy Happy Hour,” 7:30-8:30 PM, SF Puppy Prep, 251 Sixth Street San Francisco. Mingle with other new puppy parents while your puppy learns how to make new friends! Wine and cheese for adult humans, treats for the dogs. Remember, a tired puppy is a happy parent! SF Puppy Prep class or daycare attendees: $10 per dog; all others: $15 per dog. For more information contact SF Puppy Prep at 415-618-0828 or info@sfpuppyprep.com.

Two Saturdays a Month

“Free Dog Training Class,” Oakland Animal Services, 1101 29th Ave, front lawn. We offer a twice-monthly basic obedience classes for adopters of OAS dogs, adopters of dogs from a shelter or rescue group, and OAS volunteers working with OAS dogs. Dogs must be 6 months or older and be spayed or neutered. You need a city of Oakland dog license for your dog if you are an Oakland resident. We have a limit of 15 dogs or fewer and classes run for about an hour. The classes are free, though we do appreciate donations. Dogs must have a regular flat collar, and you must bring a regular 4 to 6 foot leash. These group classes are perfect for learning basic obedience in a social setting—these classes are for adolescent (6 months +) and adult dogs with no prior training. This class will reinforce good behaviors while extinguishing unwanted ones. Learn and review basic obedience. Important social skills will also be introduced. For more information and to book a training session, see http://oaklandanimalservices.org/educate/dog-training-classes/

First Saturday of every month

“Happy Tails’ Puppy Playtime Social,” 1-2 PM, Happy Tails/Canine Corral, 2045 Woodard Road, San Jose. Canine Corral Dog Daycare in conjunction with Happy Tails to You Dog Training now offer a Puppy Playtime Social every first Saturday of the month. Come to our spacious daycare and have your puppy socialize with other puppies and their owners in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment. Puppies must be younger than 6 months of age and be current with their vaccinations. Dawna Caldwell, CPDT of Happy Tails to You Dog Training will be overseeing the event. She will be assessing your puppy’s play style, body language, and energy level. We will use this information to help your puppy develop appropriate play and social skills, with both dogs as well as people. For more information see the happytailstoyoudogtraining.com.

Every Saturday – Recommended for puppies!

“Downtown Dogs’ Puppy Social“, 9-9:45 AM, Downtown Dogs, 734 S. First St., San Jose. Bring your puppy to this fun play date where they will learn how to socialize and interact with other dogs and humans. Our trained staff will monitor play so puppies will learn how to play with one another. You can talk to other puppy owners about the rewards and challenges of puppyhood. As well as share useful training tips. This event is designed for young pups who are 10-24 weeks (6 months) old. Pups must begin attending prior to 20 weeks (5 months) of age. Puppies can continue past 24 weeks and join our adolescent group. Please bring many small tasty treats and proof of current vaccinations (DHLPP, Bordatella and Rabies) – Puppies under 20 weeks can attend without Bordatella or Rabies vaccines. The fee for this event is $5. Please Note: Due to safety concerns, we do not allow children under 13 years at any of our socialization events.To register contact kelly@downtowndogs.com.

Every Saturday – Recommended for puppies!

“In Tune Puppy Social,” 9am, Pet Food Express, 5148 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose. Drop in sessions. Bring: Healthy puppy at least 2 weeks pass their first vax, vax records, collar (no metal or slip), treats, 6 foot leash, and $10 cash. Puppies must be under 20 weeks, and have their baby canine teeth in their mouth when they attend their first social. On-time arrival is necessary and required to avoid disruptions. Puppy playgroups provide a safe environment to socialize your new puppy during the first 20 weeks – that critical socialization window. Your puppy will play with other puppies to help improve his social skills, learn to control their biting, and gain confidence. Your puppy will also be exposed to people wearing things (masks, hats), people with moving objects (vacuum, broom), noises (baby crying, sirens) and much more. All sessions are closely monitored by qualified trainers to ensure your puppy has a positive experience. For more information contact Nancy@InTuneDogTraining.com or 408-373-1393. For more information see http://www.intunedogtraining.com/#!calendar/c1ewb

Every Saturday

“Puppy social”, 10:15-11:15 AM, Jeffrey’s Natural Pet Foods, 1841 Powell Street, San Francisco. For more information call (415) 402-0342.

Every Saturday – Recommended for puppies!

“Puppy Play Group,” 10-11 am, CZ Dog Training, 866 Kaynyne Ave./St., Redwood City. The 10 AM play group is for pups 11 weeks of age (an exception may be made for pups < 11 weeks if cleared by a veterinarian) to 6 months of age (or older for smaller/shy pups). Proof of vaccinations appropriate for age are required the first visit and have a minimum of 2 rounds of vaccinations for Distemper and Parvo. The class drop-in fee is $10. For more information contact Cerena Zutis at goodgooddog@peoplepc.com or 650-574-9246.

Every Saturday – Recommended for older puppies!

“Adolescent Play Group,” 11 AM-noon, CZ Dog Training, 866 Kaynyne Ave./St., Redwood City. This is an 11 AM play group for pups older than 5.5 months and adolescent dogs. However, I need to be familiar with the pups or screen newcomers to this group before allowing them to participate. If you are interested in the 11 AM class, please email me the details about your dog, i.e. age, breed, sex, prior classes and play experience. Again, vaccinations appropriate for age are required and the drop-in fee is $10. For more information contact Cerena Zutis atgoodgooddog@peoplepc.com or 650-574-9246.

Every Saturday – Recommended for puppies!

“Pup Star Puppy Social,” 9:00 a.m., Pet Food Express, 5148 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose. “Our puppy socials provide a safe environment to socialize your new puppy during the first 16 weeks – that critical socialization window. Your puppy will play with other puppies to help improve his social skills, learn to control his biting, and gain confidence. All sessions are closely monitored by qualified trainers to give your puppy the most positive experience possible. Walk-in fee per dog: $20. For more information see PupStarDogTraining.com.

Every Saturday – Recommended for puppies!

“Puppy and Small Dog Social Hour,” 10:15-11:15 AM, Livermore Country Pet Hospital, 2110 Greenville Rd. Livermore. One hour of supervised puppy play time, command practice with distractions, question and answer time with the trainer and other socialization exercises. Class is drop in, no need to pre-register. Cost is $10/week, payable at class. Class is weather dependent. Please call 925-371-8142 after 8am to check if the social is cancelled. Puppies aged 9 weeks-20 weeks are welcome to attend. Additionally, any puppy who has attended Perfect Puppies with Tell a Tail Dog Training in the past 3 months is welcome to attend regardless of age. Non aggressive small dogs under 20 pounds of any age are welcome as well. Socials will be held at Livermore Country Pet Hospital in the outdoor fenced in area. This area is locked when not in use and access to this area is restricted only to dogs in training classes who have provided proof of vaccinations. For more information contact TellATail.com.

Every Saturday

“Puppy Playtime,” 5 PM, Petco Unleashed, 1155 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose. For puppies up to 6 months old. For more information call 408 292-1405.

Every Saturday

“Dog Day Mornings – all sizes,” 9:30-10:30am, PHS Coyote Point Shelter, 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. Dogs romp and play off-leash in a supervised atmosphere every Saturday morning, rain or shine. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations, have attended a basic obedience class and all dogs 6 months and older must be altered. Pre-registration is required, no drop-ins. For more information see phs-spca.org or call 650/340-7022 x 184.

Every Saturday

“Dog Day Mornings – small dogs,”10:30-11:30am, PHS Coyote Point Shelter, 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo. Dogs romp and play off-leash in a supervised atmosphere every Saturday morning, rain or shine. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations, have attended a basic obedience class and all dogs 6 months and older must be altered. Pre-registration is required, no drop-ins. For more information see phs-spca.org or call 650/340-7022 x 184.

Every Saturday

“Wag Hotels Free Puppy Social,” 11am – 12pm, Wag Hotels, 1025 Hansen Way, Redwood City. Early socialization will help build your puppy’s confidence around new people, places, objects and sounds. This FREE puppy social hour is designed to provide puppies 8-16 weeks in age the opportunity to socialize in a safe and clean environment in the presence of a trainer. Topics during this social hour will include how dogs learn, the importance of socializing a puppy, house training, and crate training. This social is ongoing and you can start at anytime. RSVP required by calling 1-888-924-5463. Puppies must have been dewormed and have their first set of DHPP vaccinations done at least 7 days prior to class. Visit WagHotels.com for more information!

Every Saturday

“Wag Hotels Free Puppy Social,” 11am – 12pm, Wag Hotels, 25 14th Street, San Francisco. Early socialization will help build your puppy’s confidence around new people, places, objects and sounds. This FREE puppy social hour is designed to provide puppies 8-16 weeks in age the opportunity to socialize in a safe and clean environment in the presence of a trainer. Topics during this social hour will include how dogs learn, the importance of socializing a puppy, house training, and crate training. This social is ongoing and you can start at anytime. RSVP required by calling 1-888-924-5463.Puppies must have been dewormed and have their first set of DHPP vaccinations done at least 7 days prior to class. Visit WagHotels.com for more information!

Every Saturday

“Wag Hotels Free Puppy Social,” 11am – 12pm, Wag Hotels, 39 4th St., Oakland. Early socialization will help build your puppy’s confidence around new people, places, objects and sounds. This FREE puppy social hour is designed to provide puppies 8-16 weeks in age the opportunity to socialize in a safe and clean environment in the presence of a trainer. Topics during this social hour will include how dogs learn, the importance of socializing a puppy, house training, and crate training. This social is ongoing and you can start at anytime. RSVP required by calling 1-888-924-5463. Puppies must have been dewormed and have their first set of DHPP vaccinations done at least 7 days prior to class. Visit WagHotels.com for more information!

Every Saturday

“Puppy Social Hours,” 10 AM, The Rex Center, 1040 Palmetto Ave Pacifica. Puppies, up to 6 months old, will meet new dogs of all kinds, sizes, and temperaments; run, play, sniff and wrestle for some great exercise; develop social skills with not only other pets, but friendly people who will be equipped with treats and praise. Give your puppy the best start in life though important socialization – the key to getting an easygoing, friendly adult dog you can take everywhere. For more information see http://therexcenter.com/dog-training/puppy-socials.htm

Every Saturday

“Dog Day Mornings” at the Peninsula Humane Society. Socialize your dog with others. Large dogs 9:30-10:30 am, small dogs 10:30-11:30 am every Saturday. Call (650) 340-7022, ext. 784 for more information.

Every Saturday

“Puppy Playskills Drop-in Sessions,” 10:30 AM, in Aptos. Pups with one set of shots (and instructor approval) are welcome. Adolescent dogs and adults may participate at the instructor’s discretion. Four prepaid sessions are $40 or $15 per session. For more information contact Lori Katz of Kindred Spirit at (831) 685-DOGS (3647) or Lorikatz@aol.com orwww.DogTrainNow.com.

Every Saturday

“Puppy Yappy Hour” 10:30 – 11:30am, Titan’s Kingdom – Daycare & Resort, 1512 Fulton Place, Fremont. This important socialization experience is designed for pups (1 year or younger) so they will learn the skills to socialize and interact with other dogs and people.  Come join us and give your pup the best chance at becoming a friendly and social dog. Requirement: Please bring many small tasty treats and proof of vaccinations (Bordatella and 2nd series of DHPP). $5 per pup. For more information contact titan@titanskingdom.com or (510)353-1367.

Every Saturday

Puppy Socialization Preschool,” 6:30 PM, Santa Cruz area. For puppies up to 5 months old. Puppy Preschool helps people make the most of that important time with early imprinting, socialization and training your puppy to be a well mannered, and acceptable dog in today’s society. For more information contact Sandi Pensinger of Living With Dogs atwww.LivingWithDogs.us or 831-476-9065.

Every Saturday

“Pints and Pooches – Puppy Drop-In,” noon, Planet Pooch, 113 S Linden Ave, South San Francisco.”You know what it’s like to have a puppy – chewed-up furniture, crate training, puddles everywhere, and so much ENERGY! Give your puppy a chance to play and learn important social skills at our Puppy Drop-In series! In our off-leash playgroup, your dog will meet plenty of energetic puppies and learn the basics of dog socialization, while you enjoy coffee and mimosas – and the company of your fellow puppy parents! We will have a trainer supervising the dogs and answering all your questions, too. Drop-Ins are open to all puppies 2-6 months of age. Just like the name says, all you have to do is show up! Each session is $15 (cash/check only). For more information and requirements see Meetup.com.

Some Saturdays

Puppy Play Time Meetup,” noon, Dog Town, 540 Bryant Street, Palo Alto. If you just got a puppy and want to start off on the right foot come on in to Dog Town in Palo Alto! Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce your pup to other puppies and watch them romp around and play! These play groups will be supervised by a professional dog trainer. Teri Aslett with Legendary Teri’s Dog Training & Pet Care is ready to make sure your pup has a good experience making new friends. While your puppy is playing, you can pick up useful potty training tips and get some answers to many other training questions. You will be given a handout containing valuable information about the critical periods in a puppies life and how much of an impact they make on the way your pup will behave as an adult. This meetup is for puppies 20 weeks and under. Puppies must have had their first round of shots a minimum of 5 days prior to the meetup. Please bring shot records from your vet and $10 in cash to participate in puppy play. For more information see http://www.meetup.com/Palo-Alto-Puppy-Play-Time/calendar/krxhpynmbxb/. Email Teri to be notified about playgroups as they are scheduled.

Every Saturday ?

“Free Puppy Playtime,” 2-3pm, PetCo, 500 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose. “This 30-minute session provides puppies ages 8 weeks to six months a safe and fun environment to learn social skills. Build a lifetime bond with your puppy while learning about puppy play and social development from a Petco Positive Dog Trainer.” For more information call 408 866-7387.

Every Sunday – Recommended for puppies!

HSSV Puppy Socials,” 11-11:45 a.m., Humane Society Silicon Valley Training Room, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. In a trainer-supervised setting, puppies learn important play skills and bite inhibition and are exposed to environmental stimulus to help build confidence, assist in development and prevent fearful behavior in adulthood. Sunday morning is designed for puppies who are still a bit shy or fearful of new settings; attend on Friday evening if your puppy is more playful and outgoing with strangers. $10 cash at the door.

Every Sunday

“In Tune Puppy Playgroup”, 1:00 p.m., Adobe Animal Hospital South Bay, 15965 Los Gatos Blvd. Suite 100, Los Gatos. Drop-in sessions; please register for first session only at InTuneDogTraining.com/Playgroup. Puppies must be 20 weeks or younger at first playgroup. Puppy Playgroups provide a safe environment to socialize your new puppy during the first 20 weeks – that critical socialization window. Your puppy will play with other puppies to help improve his social skills, learn to control their biting, and gain confidence. Your puppy will also be exposed to people wearing things (masks, hats), people with moving objects (vacuum, broom), noises (baby crying, sirens) and much more. All sessions are closely monitored by qualified trainers to ensure your puppy has a positive experience. Bring your healthy puppy who is at least one week past first DHPP and first deworming, and current on vaccinations including Bordetella vaccine. Collar (no slip, metal, or shock collars), leash (no flexi-leads), treats, vax records, and $10 cash. For more information contact Nancy@InTuneDogTraining.com or 408-373-1393. For more information visit InTuneDogTraining.com/Group.

Every Sunday – Recommended for puppies!

Puppy Social,”11 AM, HSSV Training Room, 901 Ames, Milpitas. Humane Society Silicon Valley Presents Puppy Socials – Where there’s a party for every puppy! Trainer-supervised, one hour socials, where your puppy will learn important play skills and bite inhibition that they can take with them. For more information see http://www.hssv.org.

Every Sunday – Recommended for puppies!

“Puppy Socials” 10:30-11:15 AM, Pet Food Express, 1768 Miramonte Avenue, Mountain View. “Supervised playtime with an instructor. Puppies learn great boundaries and play with dogs of all sizes, ages and breed. Puppy socials help them grow into a confident puppy ready to enter teenagehood. ​Our puppy socials are specifically designed to provide your puppy the enrichment and socialization he/she requires with other puppies. These socials are held at the store in a clean and sanitized space. The socials are supervised and we provide education about dog play and interactions. Our focus is to allow a healthy and safe play amongst puppies. ​We will focus on reinforcing good behaviors during the playtime and provide a positive environment and encounters with new people and other dogs. Proof of vaccination required. Costs: $15 cash. Vaccination requirements: Proof of one DHPP vaccine. For more information and to register in advance see SmithDog.training/socials.

Call to schedule

“Willow Glen Yappy Hour!”. Yappy Hour is a small dog social, where dogs come to play and socialize with each other while being monitored by two CPDT-KA certified professional dog trainers with years of experience training and running doggy playgroups. We’ve started and run playgroups at a number of local shelters for shelter dogs, and now we’re doing it for Willow Glen! We’ll pick up your dog from the Willow Glen area of San Jose, bring him to Yappy Hour! and return him home after 1 – 1.5 hours of fun playtime with other dog friends. We pair dogs for play based on play style and personality, making sure that every dog is enjoying themselves. So much more than a walk! The cost is $35. Call for more information & to schedule an evaluation: Marthina McClay 408-218-8332 or Lynn Brown at 408-218-8332.

Varied Dates

“HikeABull dog hikes,” various days and times, in the San Jose area. Hike with us and your dog will love you for it! Open to all breeds of dog. For more information see www.HikeABull.com.

Varied Dates

“Free Group Runs for Dogs and their Owners”, date, time and location varies, in Santa Cruz County. A fun, social and active group for all fitness levels – from beginning runners to seasoned veterans! Come join us on the various trails throughout Santa Cruz county to get fit with your dog. Meet other runners who like to exercise with their favorite furry friend! I started my dog running business – See Spot Run – in Santa Cruz back in 2008. Now I’m looking to gather runners and dog owners alike to join me on some of the beautiful trials in our area. Running with the pack is a great way to get fit, tire out your dog, and meet other wonderful people in the Santa Cruz area! So sign up, and lets hit the ground running! For more information contact See Spot Run at 831-297-2122, sierra@seespotrunadventures.com or see www.seespotrunadventures.com.

Varied Dates

“Bay Area German Shepherds Meetup,” various times and locations. This Meet Up group was started so that German Shepherds could play, exercise and socialize with their own kind. Meetups are held all around the South Bay Area and vary from hikes, beach trips, parks, training classes and anything else we can think of. It is an opportunity to meet other German Shepherd owners, share experiences and knowledge while giving the German Shepherds the opportunity to play, exercise and socialize with other German Shepherds. We must ensure that the members of our Meetup group are safe, therefore, everyone must keep their Shepherds up to date with all vaccinations and only join the pack if there is no history of uncontrollable aggressive behavior. For more information see http://www.meetup.com/Bayareagermanshepherds/

Every Day

“Nightly Dog Walk,” Willow Glen High School, 2001 Cottle Ave., San Jose.

Every Day

“Annie’s Blankets,” various sites in the Santa Cruz area. The mission of Annie’sBlankets is to provide comfort to lost and injured companion animals and to promote public awareness regarding the needs of homeless and ailing pets. Bring your clean blankets, old or new, to your local Annie’sBlankets site. Look for the Annie’sBlankets barrel. Annie’sBlankets will collect the blankets and towels and distribute them to various shelters, veterinary clinics and animal hospitals. We use a rotating donation system so we can provide comfortable bedding to homeless and ailing pets all over the Central Coast and Bay Area. See www.anniesblankets.org.

Every Day

Use Dogpile for all your websearch needs and benefit the APSCA, or use GoodSearch and benefit the charity of your choice (including Humane Society Silicon Valley).

Every Day

“Free Kibble for Trivia,” It’s fun and helpful – you answer a trivia question about cats or dogs to donate. Feed hungry dogs, play Bow Wow Trivia. FreeKibble.com

Every Day

“Animeals Donations Accepted”, Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. The Valley Humane Society operates a pet food pantry that provides regular free meals for dogs and cats of seniors and low-income families. Donations of wet or dry dog and cat food are always accepted, even if opened or recently expired and can be dropped off during open hours at Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada St., Pleasanton. Pet-related items such as litter, treats, and toys are also needed. Pet food distribution takes places through partnerships with local food banks: Pleasanton: Valley Bible Church, first Thursdays monthly, 7106 Johnson Drive. Livermore: Tri-Valley Haven, third Wednesdays monthly, 3663 Pacific Ave. For more information see valleyhumane.org.

Every Day

“Drink wine to fight cancer in dogs,” Buy the Cru Vin Dogs‘ Golden Retriever Chardonnay to donate money to Morris Animal Foundation to research cancer treatments.

Every Day

“Drink wine and support the SPCA of Monterey County”. Cima Collina produces artisan wines from small Monterey vineyards. And now they have created a delicious wine that supports The SPCA! We’re howling with delight! Cima Collina’s Howlin’ Good Red is a tasty and appealing blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% of the profits will go directly to the animals at The SPCA. For more information, please visit Cima Collina’s website at http://cimacollina.com/WordPress/

Every Day

Martha Speaks website” – see pbskids.org/martha.

Right now

Humane Society Silicon Valley survey”. We are interested in learning more about our community’s preferences for pet-related services so we can ensure our Animal Community Center is the best place for people and their pets. Would you please take a moment to fill out our short online survey- just 6 questions. Also, please pass the link on to your friends, family, coworkers, and any other pet owners you know. Click here. Thank you!

Every Day

“Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Research”. Tufts is looking for subjects for a study of thyroid replacement therapy for canine behavior problems. This dog behavior study is looking for dogs that are aggressive to their owners and also have a thyroid problem. The double-blind study will focus on borderline cases, dogs that have normal thyroid levels but are in the bottom 20th percentile of the normal thyroid hormone level range. Half of these dogs will receive thyroid hormone supplements that will bring them to the upper part of the normal range and the other half will receive a placebo. The study will then assess if treating the thyroid problem decreases the aggressive behavior. The study lasts for 8 weeks. The first two weeks are a baseline phase when the owners count the number of aggressive episodes that occur per day and document them on a form. Then the dog’s aggressive behavior is monitored again for the next 6 weeks after dog gets the supplement. The participants can be from any part of the country and do not have to bring the dogs to Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic in order to participate. In order to qualify, a dog must be aggressive (growl, lift a lip, snarl or bite) to a human family member 4 – 5 times/week, and not be currently being treated for a thyroid condition. Please contact Nicole Cottam, Behavior Service Coordinator, at 508-887-4802 (nicole.cottam@tuft.edu) for more information.

Every Day

“Marin Humane Society seeks foster homes for animals in need – Take good care of our babies! The Marin Humane Society is currently looking for foster care volunteers who can “take good care of our babies” until they are ready to enter the MHS adoption program. Foster homes offer a temporary environment for animals to work on behavior issues or rehabilitate after injury or illness, and provide a safe place for kittens and puppies to grow. On average, more than 30% of adoption animals at MHS benefit from time in a foster home. Fostering is a wonderful way to experience the joy of caring for a companion animal without making a long-term commitment. Volunteers bear no out-of-pocket expenses. The Marin Humane Society furnishes all necessary supplies and provides routine and emergency veterinary care; foster parents supply the love. The Marin Humane Society is in need of a several types of foster homes, including: Behavior fosters – Behavior foster homes afford dogs the opportunity to get beyond a particular issue that would otherwise make it difficult for them to be adopted. Medical fosters – Medical foster homes are crucial for giving animals the time they need to heal away from the stress of a kennel. Whelping fosters – Whelping fosters provide care for dogs through their pregnancy. For more information about becoming a foster care volunteer, please call MHS foster care coordinator Samantha Pascoe at (415) 506-6235.

Right now

Take a survey on how to choose a new dog here.Flip playing in the snow

Every Day

Read about and donate to the Rabies Challenge Fund.

Every Day

Help the Humane Society Silicon Valley‘s fundraising and animal services efforts through Bright Light. Click here.

Every Day

“Free Clicks for Donation,” click for free at The Animal Rescue Site and Care2.com to help advertisers donate food to feed animals at the North Shore Animal League America or shelters funded by Fund for Animals. Click here and here (and then go on to donate to other environmental, medical, and social causes!). 

Every Day

Read the doggy comic strip Pooch Cafe from the SitStay GoOut Store.

Every Day

“Get $10 to Spay/Neuter Your Pits and PitXs”, Peninsula Humane Society, 12 Airport Blvd. San Mateo. PHS/SPCA is offering free surgeries plus $10 cash back for owners of pit bull terriers or pit bull mixes who have their dogs altered at PHS/SPCA. To schedule a surgery, call 650 340-7025.

Every Day

The East Bay Pit Fix Program,” The East Bay SPCA offers FREE spay and neuter surgeries to pit bulls and pit bull mixes in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Appointments must be made for each dog you would like spayed or neutered and there can be up to a 4-6 week wait for an appointment. Surgeries are performed at the Oakland SPCA Spay & Neuter Center at 410 Hegenberger in Oakland or at the Tri-Valley SPCA Spay & Neuter Center at 4651 Gleason Dr. in Dublin. For more information call 1-877-4PIT-FIX or 510-639-7387.

Every day

Join the Nor Cal Canine Hikers Group (e-mail discussion list) to find out about hikes, walks and activities you can do with your dog in the greater Bay Area! Or join Dinghy Dogs for those who like to boat, kayak and canoe with their dogs.

Every day

“Donate your used books to MHS and help animals in need,” By participating in books sales throughout the year, the Marin Humane Society is able to turn your used books into much needed resources for the shelter animals. Please donate your books, DVDs, CDs and books on tape (in good condition and less than 10 years old), and make a difference in the life of an animal in need. Please call (415) 506-6232 for more information, or simply bring your donations to the shelter.

Ongoing

“Million Dog Search,” online. Million Dog Search is a nationwide campaigne aimed at increasing awareness for canine osteoarthritis. The goal is to screen one million dogs who could be needlessly suffering from osteoarthritis and urge owners to visit their veterinarian. Visit milliondogsearch.com and take the OA checklist to find out if your dog is at risk, then help one of ten pet charities move closer to winning up to $25, 000. For more information about canine osteoarthritis, visit TreatDogArthritis.com.

Every Monday

“In Tune Puppy Playgroup”, 5:15 p.m., Pet Food Express, 1902 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell. Drop-in sessions; please register for first session only at InTuneDogTraining.com/PlaygroupPuppies must be 20 weeks or younger at first playgroup. Puppy Playgroups provide a safe environment to socialize your new puppy during the first 20 weeks – that critical socialization window. Your puppy will play with other puppies to help improve his social skills, learn to control their biting, and gain confidence. Your puppy will also be exposed to people wearing things (masks, hats), people with moving objects (vacuum, broom), noises (baby crying, sirens) and much more. All sessions are closely monitored by qualified trainers to ensure your puppy has a positive experience. Bring your healthy puppy who is at least one week past first DHPP and first deworming, and current on vaccinations including Bordetella vaccine. Collar (no slip, metal, or shock collars), leash (no flexi-leads), treats, vax records, and $10 cash. For more information contact Nancy@InTuneDogTraining.com or 408-373-1393. For more information visit InTuneDogTraining.com/Group.

Every Monday

“Coached Practice Barn Hunt Runs, Instinct through Master level,” 4 – 8:30 p.m. 3600 Norfolk Rd., Fremont. For more information contact Cathy Leavitt at caninesportsdynamics@gmail.com

Every Monday

“Puppy Social,” 6 or 7 PM, The Rex Center, 1040 Palmetto Ave Pacifica. Calling all puppies up to 6 months old! It’s social hour with Jen Hultz (www.jenscaninesocialclub.com). Bring your puppy to meet dogs of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments and friendly people equipped with treats and praise. Puppies will run, play, sniff, wrestle, and receive affection from strangers, all of which is great for exercise, developing social skills, and learning to like people and other dogs. $10 per puppy. Mondays at 6pm and 7pm, time depends on age & vaccinations. Please RSVP at 650-738-8739 or info@therexcenter.com

Every Monday

“Dinner at Zazie,” 5:30-9:30 PM, Zazie Restaurant, 941 Cole St, San Francisco. On Monday nights, dog owners are allowed to bring their well-behaved pooches to the restaurant’s lovely, secluded patio. The canines are treated to a biscuit and fresh water, while their owners can enjoy Zazie’s California-French fare with a discounted bottle of Graeser’s “Ruff Red” Zinfandel for just $10. All lit up with white lights, the patio now has heat lamps to provide warmth on those chilly nights. It’s all really charming and cozy, especially with the family dog by your side. Reservations recommended: 415-564-5332.

Every Monday and Wednesday

“CCI Campus Tour,” 10 AM and 2 PM, Canine Companions for Independence, 2965 Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. For groups of 10 or more, please call 707 763-9882. See www.cci.org for more information.

Every Tuesday

“PFE Carmel’s Pooch Parade,” 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Pet Food Express – Carmel, 300 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel. Join us for our weekly dog walks! It’s a great way to socialize your dog and meet new people. Each walk takes about 45-60 minutes, and upon our return, treat your dogs to water and free samples at our special “Dog-Walk Table”! During our parade, we will visit The Barnyard & The Crossroads. If you have any ideas for new routes, please let us know! All breeds and ages welcome, but please make sure your dogs are canine-compatible, and bring your own leashes. We will meet every Tuesday, 11:30 am in front of Pet Food Express – Carmel.

Every Tuesday

“Puppy Social,” 7-8pm, K9 Scrub Club, 1734 Church Street, San Francisco. Nothing’s more adorable than a puppy…and nothing’s more important than giving them every opportunity to socialize, learn proper behaviors and let off some steam! If you have a puppy under 6 months old, then scroll down and register your pup at one of our upcoming socials in San Francisco or Marin. We’ll provide a clean, safe space for your puppy to get together with other pups and learn the basics of how to interact and play nicely. Even better, our puppy socials are completely free! Each social offers something new and important to your puppy’s learning and growth. Topics include, safety tips for puppy-proofing your home, puppy nutrition, introducing the right toys at the right time and many more. You’ll leave with some great information, resources & tips that you can take with you and practice at home. Advance registration is required. For moreinformation see k9scrubclub.com.

Every Tuesday

“Small Dog Meet and Greets at Friditas, 6:30-8 PM, Friditas, 132 Hazelwood Drive, South San Francisco. Come one, come all to Friditas Small Dog Meet and Greets (Under 20 Pounds). Come have a glass of wine and hang out with the doggies! A social event for those of you who really care about socializing your little ones and meeting others. Best of all the event is free! For more information call 415-828-2997 or see friditas.com.

Every Tuesday

“Open Swim at the Rex Center,” 8-9pm, The Rex Center, 1040 Palmetto Ave Pacifica. For dogs who will swim by themselves – with the assistance of mom/dad throwing the ball or toy. Self-motivated dogs can be cleared to swim on their own after a minimum of one assisted swim to prove that the dog can swim and get in and out of the pool safely. Sessions are by appointment only. (Sorry, swimming is for dogs and coaches only—our insurance coverage, and San Mateo County health codes, will not permit owners to join their dogs in the pool.) For more information contact The Rex Center at 415.578.5735 or 650.738.8739 or info@therexcenter.com.

Every Tuesday

“Small Dog Off-Leash Park Meet-Ups in San Francisco,” 6:45-7:45 PM, Alamo Square Park, San Francisco. Strictly non-commercial. No reply necessary – just show up. Rain cancels, but we love fog and clouds. No selling or promoting of any kind is allowed. For more information contact ForTheDogs.net.

Every Tuesday

“Small Dog Off-Leash Park Meet-Ups in San Francisco,” 5:45 or 6 PM, Pine Lake Park (just west of Stern Grove), San Francisco. Strictly non-commercial. No reply necessary – just show up. Rain cancels, but we love fog and clouds. No selling or promoting of any kind is allowed. For more information contact ForTheDogs.net.

Every Tuesday

“Los Gatos Labrador Retreiver Meetup Tuesday Play Dates,” 4:30-6:00PM (or whenever it gets too dark!), Field behind church, 19100 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga. Doggy play day! Bring balls, toys, bubbles, etc. or anything your dog likes to play with. Please make sure you bring poop bags and clean up after your dog!! You might also want to bring a water bowl – you don’t need to bring water because there is a drinking fountain. Look forward to seeing you there! For more information see the Los Gatos Labrador Retreiver Meetup Group.

First Tuesday of each month

HSSV Companion Animal Loss Support Group,” 6:30-7:30 PM, Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Avenue, Milipitas. Anyone who has experienced a loss or anticipates such a loss is invited to attend the HSSV Companion Animal Loss Support Group. The group helps grieving pet owners heal the pain by working through their feelings of loss, anger and depression. The meetings are held at the shelter on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 PM. You may attend an unlimited number of meetings and are encouraged to return to help others work through their grief even after your own needs are met. This service is provided at no fee for our community. Donations are welcomed to help provide necessary services for our animal guests here at the shelter. For more information contact Beth Ward at (408) 262-2133 x178 or beth.ward@hssv.org.

First Tuesday of every month

“Pet Loss Support Group,” 7:30 to 9:00pm, SF/SPCA, 243 Alabama St., San Francisco. A Pet Loss Support group for grieving pet owners takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. Grief counselor Dr. Betty Carmack moderates the group and resource booklets will be available at the meeting. It is free and no registration is necessary. For more information, call 415-554-3050.

First Tuesday of every month

“Pet Parenting Support,” 6:30 PM, Live Oak Senior Center, 1777 Capitola Road (near 17th Avenue), Santa Cruz. Welcome to the Tail-Wagging World of Dog Ownership! Starting shelter/rescued dogs out on the right paw in their new homes – coaching for their people. This free, drop-in group will coach you in training your newly adopted dog and helping you overcome some of their challenging behaviors and common problems. These sessions are for people, so please leave your dogs at home. Jumping up, barking, and pulling on the leash, etc. come naturally to dogs and we’re here to help you learn what to do. Reservations required: 831-475-1580. Sponsored by: Bed and Biscuits, Lori Katz of Kindred Spirits Dog Training, and the Santa Cruz SPCA.

First Tuesday of every month

“Chili’s Supports The SPCA for Monterey County,” 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Chili’s at1349 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside or 1940 N. Davis Road, Salinas. Visit Chili’s the first Tuesday of every month to support your SPCA! With each flyer presented, Chili’s will donate 10% of your total bill to The SPCA. This amazing offer is only valid the first Tuesday of the month from 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm at Chili’s in Seaside or Salinas, and you must bring this flyer with you.

First Tuesday of every month

“Barn Hunt Classes,” 4 OR 5:15 PM, San Mateo Feed and Pet Supply, 346 El Camino Real, Redwood City. Four-week beginning classes and practice runs Instinct through Masters. Classes restart every month, and then students move to the 30-minute practice runs. There is a 4:00 class and a 5:15 class. For more information contact Cathy Leavitt at caninesportsdynamics@gmail.com

Second Tuesday of (almost) every month

Leash Reactivity Support Group,” 7-8pm, SF/SPCA, 243 Alabama Street, Humane Education Classroom 2.Did you know that we offer a free gathering once a month for owners of leash-reactive dogs to share their stories, triumphs, frustrations and ideas? Leash reactivity is the #1 behavior issue among San Francisco dog owners, and we are here to help.  Join us on Tuesday – check out sfspca.org/LRSG for details.

Second Tuesday of every month

Open Office Hours with Dr. Sung,” 10:30am-noon, The San Francisco SPCA, 201 Alabama Street, San Francisco. Ask the expert – Open office hours with our Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Sung! Does your pet have some unusual, funny or even concerning behaviors you would like to understand better? Our animal behavior specialist is opening up her schedule to answer your questions! On the second Tuesday of each month from 10.30 am to 12 pm, Dr. Sung’s office doors are open for you to drop by with your question – free of charge. There is no reservations required – so please understand there may be a wait to speak to Dr. Sung. Time is limited to 10-15 minutes so have your questions ready!  Our location is in the SF SPCA veterinary hospital. This is a human only appointment – no need to bring your pet. Please note that if you consider your pet’s behavior an emergency, please call us at our regular number (415-554-3085) immediately for advice. The open office advice sessions are not a replacement for a full assessment or consultation.

Third Tuesday of every month

Pet Loss & Grief Support Group: When You Lose Your Beloved Companion,” 7- 8:30 PM, The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley. All of us know the enormous sadness of having our wonderful pets die. The feelings of grief, despair, and loss are sometimes overwhelming. The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society is pleased to offer a new monthly grief support group to help you if you are suffering from the loss of a beloved pet. Please join us for helpful information and emotional support. There is no fixed fee. We do appreciate donations to help cover the costs of printed handouts. For more information, please call Roy at (510) 752-7757.

First Wednesday of each month

People ‘n Pets Mini Massages: An ongoing benefit for Pets Unlimited, 5-7 PM, Spa Solé, 2500 Clay Street, 2nd Floor @ Fillmore, San Francisco. Happy Hounds Massage and Spa Solé are combining their services to benefit Pets Unlimited, a non-profit shelter and hospital. Get a massage for yourself and your pup at the same time, in the same room! $1 per person and $1 per pet, per minute. Call now for your People ‘n Pets Mini Massage Session – 415-929-6886. And don’t forget to stop by Pets Unlimited and adopt a pet!

First Wednesday of each month

“Vaccination and Microchip Clinics,” 6-8 p.m. Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame. Low-cost clinics provide vaccinations for rabies, FVRCP and DHPP, as well as microchips — a permanent form of companion animal identification.. For more information see http://phs-spca.org/services/vaccination.html 650-340-7022, ext. 665.

Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month

“Grief Support Group,” 7 PM, 2701 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz. The group is based on the belief that grief needs to be shared in order for healing to happen. We are a story-telling and listening group. Contact theSanta Cruz SPCA at (831) 465-5000 for more information.

Every Wednesday

Puppy Social,” 7-8 PM, Oddstad School: 930 Oddstad Blvd., Pacifica. Puppy Socials are hour-long play sessions where puppies get to play with other puppies offleash in a supervised setting, for pups aged 10 weeks to 20 weeks. We’ll also have an older pup social coming soon! All puppies must be healthy and current on DHLPP vaccinations. RSVP Required. Contact us with your name and your pup’s name at 650-557-1583 or training@pacificapet.com.

Every Wednesday (and Friday)

Adolescent Playgroup,” 6:15 – 7:15 pm, SFSPCA, 243 Alabama Street, Training Annex or Training Loft. We offer one of the only older-puppy indoor supervised playgroup options in San Francisco.  If your pup has aged out of Puppy Playgroup but still wants to work on play skills in a safe, sanitary environment supervised by professional trainers, join us on Wednesdays and Fridays!  Adolescent Playgroup spots are available by pre-registration.  Please register using the links below for future dates. For more information see SFSPCA.

Every Wednesday

“Waggin’ Wednesday Dog Walk,” evenings, Downtown Campbell. Announcing Downtown Campbell’s “Waggin’ Wednesdays” Dog Walk! Waggin’ Wednesdays Downtown Campbell Dog Walk is an informal “just come down” event. Walk your dog Wednesday night, let the pooch sniff out some new dog pals!, all the while strolling around Downtown Campbell and enjoying an evening out! Waggin’ Wednesdays is Wednesday evenings. Come on down! Walk your dog here. For more information see http://www.downtowncampbell.com or contact Dana Smith at 408.374.5200 or smith000@ix.netcom.com.

Every Wednesday

“Low-Cost Spay/Neuter surgeries,” by appointment, SVACA, 3370 Thomas Rd., Santa Clara. Silcon Valley Animal Control Authority operates a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for residents of Campbell, Monte Sereno and Santa Clara. Cost is $30 per dog ($10 for cats). Other services offered include michrochips, rabies vaccinations, DA2PP (FVRCP and FIV tests for cats), and heartworm tests. Schedule an appointment through 408 764-0344 or see the SVACA website for more information.

Every Wednesday

“Dog walk at Hester School,” 6:30 PM, meet at the Alameda and Lenzen at 6:30 for an hour (or so) walk around the neighborhood, you don’t even have to have a dog, just come walk. If you are interested, please meet Jessica and Duke there.

First Wednesday of every month

“Barn Hunt Classes,” 6-8pm, Living With Dogs, 8022 Soquel Ave., Aptos. Four-week beginning classes and practice runs Instinct – Masters. Classes restart every month, and then students move to the 30-minute practice runs. For more information contact Cathy Leavitt at caninesportsdynamics@gmail.com.

Every Thursday

“Bark in the Dark in Willow Glen,” 6:30 PM walk, meet at the Willow Glen Elem. School (corner of Minnesota and Lincoln), Willow Glen (San Jose). Join Society Dog for group evening dog walks in Willow Glen. Walk at 6:30 PM, followed by no-host social hour/appetizers at 7:30 PM. For more information see Societydog.com or call 408-671-3417.

Every Thursday

Puppy Socialization Preschool,” 6:30 PM, Santa Cruz area. For puppies up to 5 months old. Puppy Preschool helps people make the most of that important time with early imprinting, socialization and training your puppy to be a well mannered, and acceptable dog in today’s society. For more information contact Sandi Pensinger of Living With Dogs at www.LivingWithDogs.us or 831-476-9065.

Every Thursday

“Puppy Social” Bella & Daisy’s, 1750 Union Street, San Francisco. Join PupStart for a weekly puppy social, where your 9 – 16 week old puppy will meet other vaccinated puppies of the same age and equally important a variety of people! You’ll have fun and most importantly invaluable socialization and habituation for your puppy in a safe environment. We’ll help you get started with reinforcing a sit, suddenly settling during play, name recognition exercises and tips on a jump-free pup. For more information call (415) 440 7007.

Every Thursday

“Sienna Bistro Dog Night,” 1359 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. For more information call 408 271-0837.

First Thursday of every month

“Assistance Dog Institute Tours, 10 AM, 1215 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa. For more information contact Jorjan or Cheryl at 707 545-3647, info@assistancedog.org, or see www.assistancedog.org.

Second Thursday of every month

“Pet Loss Support Group,” 7-8:30 PM, Peninsula Humane Society, San Mateo. When your companion animal dies, it’s natural to feel grief and sadness, even depression. Our free support group is designed to offer anyone grieving the death, loss or terminal illness of a beloved companion animal. Led by a professional counselor, our group meets the second Thursday of each month, from 7-8:30 pm. The group usually ranges in size from 6 to 12 participants. Some people come once or twice, others four or five times. For more information, please contact 650-340-7022, ext. 344 or lreynolds@phs-spca.org.

Second Thursday of every month

Golden Gate English Springer Spaniel Association meeting”, Walnut Creek.   “We meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at Marie Callendar’s in Walnut Creek.  If you would like to join us please contact Audrey Eng atgoldmtn_springers@yahoo.com for directions and meeting time.”

Third Thursday of every month

“Assistance Dog Institute Tours, 2 PM, 1215 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa. For more information contact Jorjan or Cheryl at 707 545-3647, info@assistancedog.org, or see www.assistancedog.org.

Last Thursday of every month

FREE Behavior Lectures,” 7-9 PM, Pacifica Community Center – Portola Rm. (450 Crespi Dr.), Pacifica. People Understanding Pets will be giving free lectures on pet behavior. Trainer Loring Slivinski will be focusing on dealing with problem behaviors with reward-based training. There will also be time for questions at the end, and handouts will be provided. Lectures are open to anyone interested, though because of the venue, we have to ask that the attendees are human only, no dogs (sorry Fluffy!). PuP is a non-profit organization dedicated to “Improving the Lives of Pets and their People through Education”. No RSVP required, but if you are planning to attend please contact the trainer at 650-922-4274 or pup@sonic.net.

Every Friday

“Pets Around The Bay,” 7:20 PM, KPIX Channel 5 (Bay Area). Features Dr. Ian Dunbar on dog training, Dr. Erin Troy on pet health. Sponsored by Pet Food Express.

Every Friday – Recommended for puppies!

“Mountain Pups Puppy Social,” 10-11 AM, Wilson Veterinary Hospital, 24900 Highland Way, Los Gatos. For pups 8 to 24 weeks of age. “In this hour-long session pups will have ample opportunity to interact with each other and play together off-leash. In addition, instructors will supervise and make observations, as well as narrate the pup-play and lead discussions about understanding dog play. We will wind down at the end of each session with some relaxation exercises and a question and answer period. This is a drop-in class. You may attend as often as you like, but you must register before attending. $15 per session or prepay for 4 sessions and pay only $50. For more information contact Lisa White at (408) 857-0482 or Lisa@MountainPups.com.

Every Friday – Recommended for puppies!

“Sirius Puppy Social,” 6:30 PM, Branham Plaza, 4442-B Pearl Avenue (at Branham), San Jose. Pups must be 12 to 18 weeks of age when they attend their first social (The upper age limit for starting the socials is 18 weeks, however, if they keep coming regularly and stay social, they can attend the rest of their lives). Bring shot records with you to your first social. Pups must have age-appropriate vaccines. Flat collar only (no metal or slip collars). No flexi-leashes. Guardian 18 years or older MUST accompany dog throughout the social. Bring yummy treats for your pup. Space may be limited. When room is full, social will be closed to any other pups who may show up. Trainer reserves the right to excuse any pup from social for any reason. Walk-in fee is $10 per dog. For more information contact Debby Knott at 408 972-2342 or HappyPuppy2@comcast.net.

Every Friday

“Small Dog Social,” 6:30-7:30 PM, SF Puppy Prep, 251 Sixth Street San Francisco. Let your little ones play, and get their yah yah’s out while you sip some wine, kick back, and share housetraining tips. Exclusively for small dogs (under 25 lbs) and their parents. Wine and cheese for adult humans, treats for the dogs. It’s indoors, it’s safe, and most of all… it’s silly! SF Puppy Prep class or daycare attendees: $10 per dog; all others: $15 per dog. For more information contact SF Puppy Prep at 415-618-0828 or info@sfpuppyprep.com.

Every Friday

“Puppy Happy Hour,” 7:30-8:30 PM, SF Puppy Prep, 251 Sixth Street San Francisco. Mingle with other new puppy parents while your puppy learns how to make new friends! Wine and cheese for adult humans, treats for the dogs. Remember, a tired puppy is a happy parent! SF Puppy Prep class or daycare attendees: $10 per dog; all others: $15 per dog. For more information contact SF Puppy Prep at 415-618-0828 or info@sfpuppyprep.com.

Every Friday

“Swimming Hours,” 1-7:30 PM, The Rex Center, 1040 Palmetto Ave Pacifica. Looking for a way to unwind at the end of a busy week? Why not relax by the pool with your dog on a Friday? The Rex Center is now offering new swimming hours on Fridays, from 1 pm to 7:30 pm. Call 650-738-8739 or email info@therexcenter.com to book your appointment today!

Every Friday

“Frenchie Friday”, 4-7 PM, Dolores Park, Dolores Street @ 19th Street, San Francisco. Every Friday afternoon/early evening, a gathering called “Frenchie Friday” happens in Dolores Park. It is a gathering of people and their French bulldogs. Dolores Park is in the Mission District of San Francisco. The Frenchy Friday group congregates in the center of the park, near the back side (Church Street) of the park.

Every Friday

“Yappy Hour!” 5-7:30 PM, Bella & Daisy’s, 1750 Union Street, San Francisco. Bring your dogs and enjoy wine and cheese with other pet lovers! Dress up Fido and throw on your cocktail attire! For more information call (415) 440 7007.

Every Friday (and Wednesday)

Adolescent Playgroup,” 6:15 – 7:15 pm, SFSPCA, 243 Alabama Street, Training Annex or Training Loft. We offer one of the only older-puppy indoor supervised playgroup options in San Francisco.  If your pup has aged out of Puppy Playgroup but still wants to work on play skills in a safe, sanitary environment supervised by professional trainers, join us on Wednesdays and Fridays!  Adolescent Playgroup spots are available by pre-registration.  Please register using the links below for future dates. For more information see SFSPCA.

Every Friday

“Agility Dogs,” 2 pm, Dog park in Vallejo. “Hi there anyone have a pasison for border collies or agilty dogs like i do? well if you have one or two i five we all can have a border collie meetup! i am a dog trainer myself and can give you somtips also for a troubled dog! Jus an outing for fun nothings profitable about it.” For more information contact Hanna From “Human” Training K9edu at (707)5525179 or inuyasha1965@yahoo.com or see http://k9education.webs.com

Every Friday (July 3rd through Labor Day)

“Yappy Hour,” 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Tails by the Lake – The Village at Squaw Valley. Every Friday from July 3rd through Labor Day weekend Tails by the Lake will host Yappy Hour at the Village at Squaw Valley USA from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Bring your dog out to the village and receive a free doggie ice cream sample from Tails by the Lake while you enjoy a little treat for yourself – a glass a wine with a donation to The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Pups will also receive a sample of doggie beer – yes, it’s beer for dogs! Store specials during Yappy Hour can help outfit your pup with a unique collar, dog house, yummy treat or cool toy. Mingle in the courtyard with canine critters and locals alike and then enjoy the live music, treats & wine from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Donations for wine benefit The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.  Free! For more information see www.tailsbythelake.com

Every Friday and Saturday

“CARE Dog Adoptions”, Fridays 7-9 PM, Saturdays 10:30 AM – 2 PM, CARE Adoption Center, Maple Leaf Shopping Center, 4190 Piper Dr. (at Saratoga), San Jose. Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) has dogs and puppies (and cats!) available for adoption every weekend. For more information and pictures and descriptions of available animals, see www.carepets.org or call 408-227-CARE.

Fourth Friday of Every Month

“Reiki Healing Circle,” 7-8:30 PM, The Rex Center, 1040 Palmetto Ave Pacifica. Join Reiki practitioners Angie Raspa and Cathy Rennie for an evening of healing energy. Share Reiki with your own animals and each other or take this opportunity to explore reiki before committing to a class. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Bring a snack or beverage to share; tea/water is provided. FREE! Please RSVP at info@therexcenter.com or 650-738-8739. http://www.therexcenter.com/workshops/reiki1.htm

Every Saturday – Recommended for puppies!

“Downtown Dogs’ Puppy Social”, 9-10 AM, Downtown Dogs, 734 S. First St., San Jose. The Puppy Social Club allows young pups (ages 10 – 28 weeks) to socialize and learn appropriate play behavior, with dogs their own age. We also discuss training tips and answer questions regarding dog behavior. We would love for you and your pup to join us! Please register Please bring many small tasty treats and proof of current vaccinations (DHLPP and Rabies). There will be a fee of $5 for each event or you can purchase 5 events for $20. To register contact kelly@downtowndogs.com.

Every Saturday – Recommended for small dogs!

Toy Dog Social,” 10:15 AM- 12:15 PM, Downtown Dogs, 734 S. First St., San Jose. Join Downtown Dogs for a fun time with dogs that are 15 pounds and under). Meet with other toy dog owners to discuss some of the special concerns, training differences, and safety issues of toy dogs. We’ll devote a lot of our time to letting the little ones party and play with each other (with supervision). For more info contact Kelly Alves Helsing at info@downtowndogs.com or 408 287-2267.

 

 

Every Saturday – Recommended for puppies!

“Puppy Play Group,” 10-11 am, CZ Dog Training, 866 Kaynyne Ave./St., Redwood City. The 10 AM play group is for pups 11 weeks of age (an exception may be made for pups < 11 weeks if cleared by a veterinarian) to 6 months of age (or older for smaller/shy pups). Proof of vaccinations appropriate for age are required the first visit and have a minimum of 2 rounds of vaccinations for Distemper and Parvo. The class drop-in fee is $10. For more information contact Cerena Zutis at goodgooddog@peoplepc.com or 650-574-9246.

Every Saturday – Recommended for older puppies!

“Adolescent Play Group,” 11 AM-noon, CZ Dog Training, 866 Kaynyne Ave./St., Redwood City. This is an 11 AM play group for pups older than 5.5 months and adolescent dogs. However, I need to be familiar with the pups or screen newcomers to this group before allowing them to participate. If you are interested in the 11 AM class, please email me the details about your dog, i.e. age, breed, sex, prior classes and play experience. Again, vaccinations appropriate for age are required and the drop-in fee is $10. For more information contact Cerena Zutis at goodgooddog@peoplepc.com or 650-574-9246.

Every Saturday – Recommended for puppies!

“Puppy and Small Dog Social Hour,” 10:15-11:15 AM, Livermore Country Pet Hospital, 2110 Greenville Rd. Livermore. One hour of supervised puppy play time, command practice with distractions, question and answer time with the trainer and other socialization exercises. Class is drop in, no need to pre-register. Cost is $10/week, payable at class. Class is weather dependent. Please call 925-371-8142 after 8am to check if the social is cancelled. Puppies aged 9 weeks-20 weeks are welcome to attend. Additionally, any puppy who has attended Perfect Puppies with Tell a Tail Dog Training in the past 3 months is welcome to attend regardless of age. Non aggressive small dogs under 20 pounds of any age are welcome as well. Socials will be held at Livermore Country Pet Hospital in the outdoor fenced in area. This area is locked when not in use and access to this area is restricted only to dogs in training classes who have provided proof of vaccinations. For more information contact TellATail.com

Every Saturday

“Dog Day Mornings” at the Peninsula Humane Society. Socialize your dog with others. Large dogs 9:30-10:30 am, small dogs 10:30-11:30 am every Saturday. Call (650) 340-7022, ext. 784 for more information.

Every Saturday

“Puppy Playskills Drop-in Sessions,” 10:30 AM, in Aptos. Pups with one set of shots (and instructor approval) are welcome. Adolescent dogs and adults may participate at the instructor’s discretion. Four prepaid sessions are $40 or $15 per session. For more information contact Lori Katz of Kindred Spirit at (831) 685-DOGS (3647) or Lorikatz@aol.com or www.DogTrainNow.com.

Every Saturday

“Get free love at LOVE A SENIOR SATURDAY,” 12-3 PM, Muttville HQ, 255 Alabama St. (corner of 16th), San Francisco. We are incredibly excited to introduce you to the adorable mutts of Muttville!! Come check us out and meet our sweet mutts who are still looking for their forever homes. One might just be your next best friend! Drop by any time. And if there’s a adorable mutt on our website that has already snagged your attention, let us know you’re coming so we can make sure that particular cutie-pie is there to meet you! For more information email adoptions@muttville.org.

Every Saturday

“Puppy Yappy Hour” 10:30 – 11:30am, Titan’s Kingdom – Daycare & Resort, 1512 Fulton Place, Fremont. This important socialization experience is designed for pups (1 year or younger) so they will learn the skills to socialize and interact with other dogs and people.  Come join us and give your pup the best chance at becoming a friendly and social dog. Requirement: Please bring many small tasty treats and proof of vaccinations (Bordatella and 2nd series of DHPP). $5 per pup. For more information contact titan@titanskingdom.com or (510)353-1367.

Waggin’ Hour at Wag Hotels, San Francisco
Yappy Hour at Paws & Claws, Oakland

Every Saturday

“Walk-in Vaccinations/Microchipping”, 9-12 and 1-3pm, HSSV Medical Center, 901 Ames Ave, Milpita. Humane Society Silicon Valley offers vaccinations, deworming and microchipping services on a walk-in basis at its Medical Center. For fees and information, visit www.hssv.org or call 408-262-2133, ext. 108.

Every Saturday

Puppy Socialization Preschool,” 6:30 PM, Santa Cruz area. For puppies up to 5 months old. Puppy Preschool helps people make the most of that important time with early imprinting, socialization and training your puppy to be a well mannered, and acceptable dog in today’s society. For more information contact Sandi Pensinger of Living With Dogs at www.LivingWithDogs.us or 831-476-9065.

Every Saturday New!

“Small Dog Meet and Greets at Friditas, 11 AM – 12:30 PM, Friditas, 132 Hazelwood Drive, South San Francisco. Come one, come all to Friditas Small Dog Meet and Greets (Under 20 Pounds). Come have a glass of wine and hang out with the doggies! A social event for those of you who really care about socializing your little ones and meeting others. Best of all the event is free! For more information call 415-828-2997 or see
http://www.friditas.com/

Every Saturday

“Community Pup Runs,” 8 am, Location: Varies throughout Santa Cruz County. Run with the pack! Dogs and runners unite! Join Sierra with See Spot Run, and bring your pooch for a sixty-minute, out-and-back run at one of the many beautiful, dog-friendly locations in Santa Cruz County. Free to the public! Treats provided! All levels welcome. Fantastic exercise for high-energy or obese dogs. Great networking opportunity! Fun and social way to get in shape! For weekly run locations please visit our website at seespotrunadventures.com or contact Sierra at 831.297.2122 or sierra@seespotrunadventures.com

Every Saturday

Dog Talk Radio Show“, 8-9 AM, KHTS AM 1220. Co-hosts Nicole Wilde and Laura Bourhenne are professional dog trainers/behavior specialists. These friendly Fido-tamers share their expertise on everything from how to get your dog to pay attention to you, to how to get him to stop paying attention to that sandwich you left on your countertop! The show features tips and tricks you can use with your own dog, special guests, and doggie trivia contests with paw-sitively great prizes! And, you can always call in to ask questions about your own fur-kids. Best of all, the recommended training and behavior modification methods are gentle and humane. Click on “Listen Live Now” on the radio station’s website to listen in, or listen to archives at the DogTalk website.

Every Saturday

“Dachshund Gatherings”, 3-5 pm, Foster City Dog Park; 600 Foster City Blvd. (at Bounty Drive) Foster City. Bring your dachshund for fun and socialization! No fees. Dog park is off-leash & fenced. Benches, water, poop bags are provided. Grounds are high-end astro turf, no mud/dirt. Join us every Saturday. If you need directions, contact Caroline Chau at taipanchau@comcast.net. For more info and event listings, join our group online at groups.yahoo.com/group/SF_Bay_Dachshunds.

Every Saturday

“Concord Dachshund Get-together”, 3 PM, Concord Newhall Park, Ayers and Turtlecreek, Concord. Weekly play group for doxie and doxie mixes, weather permitting. For more information contact the CCC Dachshund Meetup Group.

Every Saturday

“Flyball practice”, 8:30-10:30, Evergreen College, 3095 Yerba Buena Rd., San Jose. Come watch the Flyball team “Pawdemonium” practice this great doggie sport!

Every Saturday

“Dolores Dogs’ Poop Scoop”, 9:00- 11am, Dolores Park – just West of the “Clubhouse”, San Franciso. Free coffee and donuts for all who volunteer to help clean up the park. For more information see the Dolores Dogs Website.

Every Saturday

“Free AKC Obedience, CGC & Rally Training Session, 9 am, location Santa Clara. K9 Training Lab hosts free training sessions almost every Saturday. To maintain a safe and friendly environment, we have a few prerequisites: Dog is current on vaccinations; Dog has previous training; Dog can sit/down, come when called & heel a bit; Dog is well socialized/not aggressive with other dogs and must be easily handled by a stranger; and handlers are willing to learn! For more information contact K9 Training Lab at toanew@yahoo.comwww.k9traininglab.com, or http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9TL/

Every Saturday

“Potty Training Seminar,” 1:30 PM, Tully Petco, 1960 Tully Rd, San Jose. Free seminars are an intorduction to Petco’s dog training including basic information on nutirition, grooming and training lessons. For more information see petco.com.

Most Saturdays

“Pit Bull Basics Education Class,” 1-2:30 PM, various South Bay shelters. Who should attend: anyone curious about the breed, potential adopters or puppy buyers, recent adopters, anyone who deals with Pit Bulls on a regular basis. Cost: FREE. This class will introduce you to the Pit Bull breed and answer your tough questions. Do their jaws lock? Why are they in the news so much? Can I have other pets if I adopt a Pit Bull? I just adopted a Pit Bull, what do I need to know? This class is PEOPLE ONLY, so please leave your pup at home. Q&A session follows the presentation, so bring your questions! You will be given a list of educational resources at the end of class. Questions about this class? Want to host this class at your shelter? Email stephanie@ourpack.org.

First Saturday of every other month (odd numbered months)

“Small Dog Meetup,” 1:30 PM, Castro Valley Dog Park, Paradise Knoll St. , Castro Valley. All small dogs under 15 pounds are welcome. For more information call 510-357-1700, emailchihuahuameetup@yahoo.com, or see the website at groups.yahoo.com/group/chihuahuameetup/.

First Saturday of every month

“Happy Tails’ Puppy Playtime Social,” 1-2 PM, Happy Tails/Canine Corral, 2045 Woodard Road, San Jose. Canine Corral Dog Daycare in conjunction with Happy Tails to You Dog Training now offer a Puppy Playtime Social every first Saturday of the month. Come to our spacious daycare and have your puppy socialize with other puppies and their owners in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment. Puppies must be younger than 6 months of age and be current with their vaccinations. Dawna Caldwell, CPDT of Happy Tails to You Dog Training will be overseeing the event. She will be assessing your puppy’s play style, body language, and energy level. We will use this information to help your puppy develop appropriate play and social skills, with both dogs as well as people. For more information see the happytailstoyoudogtraining.com.

First Saturday of every month (May through October)

“Paws in the Park: Pet Awareness Day,” noon – 4 PM, Park Valencia, Santana Row, San Jose. Santana Row is pleased to announce the return of our second annual Pet Awareness Day, Paws in the Park, presented by Humane Society Silicon Valley! Paws in the Park is a free series of events for pets and pet lovers that will run the first Saturday of the month. Come by to learn how to adopt a pet from the Humane Society, as well as take part in educational and fun activities for you and your pet, such as agility contests and “pets on parade.” Pet-themed prizes will be provided by Orvis each week. For more information, contact the Santana Row Concierge at (408) 551-4611.

First Saturday of every month

“Santa Clara Pugs Meetup,” 10 AM, Watson Park 21st and Jackson San Jose. A meeting for pugs and their owners at 10:00 a.m. We have about 30 pugs who meet on a regular basis. Come join the fun! For more information contact Janet Harada of the Santa Clara Pug group at 408 254 2920 or janetjhar@yahoogrooups.com.

First Saturday of every month

Saturday Doggie Happy Hours, 4–8 PM, Doc’s Clock, 2575 Mission Street (between 21st and 22nd Street), San Francisco. Happy Hour is benefitting various dog rescues: From 4-8 PM, 50% of the bar and 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit rescue. For more informaiton see http://www.docsclock.com/

First Saturday of every month

“Fort Funston Dog Walker’s Clean-up,” 9:30am, Fort Funston upper parking lot, San Francisco. Buckets/bags, coffee, prizes and doughnuts! For more information contact Fort Funston Dog Walkers at 415-468-1262, fortfunston@comcast.net or http://www.fortfunstondog.org.

First Saturday of every month

Pup N Pony Meet and Greet“, 10-11 AM, 11500 Skyline, Oakland. Does your pup need a one-on-one tutorial on trail etiquette around horses? Mosey on down to our monthly Pup and Pony Meet and Greet held on the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting*). If you are not sure how your dog is around horses, PLEASE come to this clinic and continue with other obedience training to make sure your dog will return to you when called, no matter what. Look for the Volunteer Mounted Patrol person with his or her horse at Dunn Trail parking lot area at 11500 Skyline Blvd. When you turn into the parking lot, the old, ranch-style Parks building will be to your left. The horse and rider should be at the far right end of the parking lot as you face the hills. Introduce your self to the horse trainer BEFORE taking your dog out of the car.For further information call Oakland Dog Owners Group at 465-0928, ext 2.

First Saturday of every month

“Pomeranian Playtime,” noon-3pm, Alameda Small Dogs Park, Alameda. Join Pomeranian dogs for a monthly playgroup. The Alameda Small Dog Park is located on Westline Drive in Alameda, next to the Tennis Courts. For more information contact Melissa at 510-676-3642 or massagesbymel@yahoo.com, or see the Bay Area Small Dogs group.

First Saturday of the Month

San Jose Pug Meetup,” 11 AM, Paws Mahal, 5444 Thornwood Drive, San Jose. Meet friendly Pugs and Pug Owners near you! Come to a local Pug Meetup to play with people and pugs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. Have your own dog show with those little pups you treat like family! This will be the very first Meetup for This San Jose Pug Meetup Group meeting at The Paws Mahal Doggie Day Care. We’ll use the time to get to know each other, talk about being Pug Owners, and discuss what we want out of our Meetups. Please RSVP as we will be bringing pizza and would like an idea how many to expect. Let us know what you would like from a meetup group. For more information see the meetup website.

First Saturday of every month

“Bay Area Beagle Meetup,” noon, Mountain View Dog Park, Mountain View. Bring your dogs to a beautiful park with separate areas for large and small breed dogs! For more information see the Bay Area Beagle Meetup Group.

First and Third Saturday of every month

“Carmel Dachshunds Walk,” 11 AM, meet at 8th & Scenic Dr., Carmel. Dachshunds and their owners meet at 11 AM and then start the walk at 11:30 down to the beach and back up. Carmel beach is off leash for dogs under control. For more information on the Dachshunds Walk contact Kim Edmundson at 831-625-6171 or kinedmundson@aol.com.

First and Third Saturday of every month

“Animal Adoptions,” noon-3pm, Pet Food Express, 1902 South Bascom Ave, Campbell. Adoptions from the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority. See SVACA.com.

First and Third Saturday of every month

“Dog Massage,” 3-7PM, Pet Food Express, 1152 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. Dog Massage from Canine Therapeutics now available at Pet Food Express Campbell Location. Canine Therapeutics will be on site on 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month from 3pm. Walk-ins are welcome! For more information see k9therapeutics.com

Second Saturday of every month

Dachshund Meetup,” 3 PM, different locations – see the meetup site. We meet at the park for socialization. We walk in parades, host picnics, hold Dachshund Derby’s, costume contests, and ad hoc events. For more information, contact Elizabeth Runyan,
Santa Clara County Dachshund Organizer at 408-580-6003 or Kitten0721@aol.com.

Second Saturday of every month

“South Bay Chihuahua Meetup”, noon, Milpitas Dog Park at Ed Levin Country Park, Milpitas. A special little club for special little dogs… and their people. Chihuahua mixes also welcome! For more information seechihuahua.meetup.com/60/.

Second Saturday of every month

“San Francisco Dachshund Gathering,” 10:00am, Buena Vista Park, San Francisco. A monthly get-together at which scores of wriggling, happily barking wiener dogs play as their owners swap care tips and marvel over their antics. Meet at the top of Buena Vista Park, Buena Vista & Central. Contact Karey Tolentino at 415-771-8601 or dachshundsf@yahoo.com.

Second Saturday of every month

“Irish Wolfhound Fun Day & Beach walk.” Noon, Fort Funston parking lot, San Francisco.

Second Saturday of the Month

“San Francisco Corgi Meetup,” 1 PM, Pine Lake Park, Vale Ave & Crestlake Dr, San Francisco. . Come join us every second saturday. Plenty of parking in this grassy, spacious, and lovely park! Meet other corgi owners and corgis. For more information contact Karen H at spongecat613@gmail.com or see http://groups.yahoo.com/sfcorgi

Second Saturday of the Month

“West Contra Costa Chihuahua Meetup,” noon, location TBA. Meet friendly Chihuahuas and Chihuahua Owners near you! Come to a local Chihuahua Meetup to have your own dog show and talk breeding. Longcoat or smoothcoat, puppy or adult — all shapes, sizes and breeds of chihuahuas and people are welcome! “We just started this group for members on this side of the bay. I live in Pinole and there is a great small dog park in Pinole. We are close to Hercules, Richmond, Crockett, and Rodeo. I hope we can get people from a lot of different areas.” See the Meetup website for more information.

Second Saturday and Sunday of the Month

“Nike Rescue Pet Adoptions,”noon-4 PM, Happy Go Lucky Dog Boutique, Westfield Valley Fair (near valet parking), San Jose.
For more information contact Chris Concepcion at 408-313-2691 or Chris@happygoluckydogs.com.

Second Saturday each month

“Basset Hound Meetup,” 10am, Drigon Dog Park in Union City. BABH *Bay Area Basset Hound* Yahoo group meets the second Saturday of each month at 10am. All hounds and their hound-wanna-be siblings are welcome! For more information contact Gwen Dossey at 510-828-8787 or pengwen65@yahoo.com, or see http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/BABH/

Third Saturday of every month

Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Adoption Fair,” noon-4 PM, Happy Go Lucky Dog Boutique, Westfield Valley Fair (near valet parking), San Jose. Come by this fabulous boutique and meet some of HSSV’s charming and loving canines. And, each month, there will be an event bonus feature! For example, August and September will feature microchipping. All adoptable dogs are Spayed/Neutered, Vaccinated, Microchipped, and Health and Behavior Tested. Come learn why HSSV is “the best place to adopt a pet”! To learn more about the monthly events, please visit www.HSSV.org or contact Chris Concepcion at 408-313-2691 or Chris@happygoluckydogs.com.

Third Saturday of every month

“Bulldog Day at The Park,” 1 PM, Las Palmas Dog Park, Sunnyvale. The dog park event is the third Saturday of every month. French and English Bullies are invited to play at the park! All bulldog owners are invited to join a bulldog day at the park the third Saturday of each month. The Las Palmas dog park is a gated dog park with a huge area for dogs and their owners. Please bring all your bullies each month (weather permitting of course)for a day of fun and a lot of bulldogs! For more information contact Michelle Moore, at myshell781@yahoo.com.

Third Saturday of every month

“English Bulldog Meetup”, 4 PM, San Francisco ( (join the Meetup group for exact location). “We are a group of Bulldog Lovers that meet up and have our bullies play with each other. That’s basically it. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people. Meet new dogs. Or just get a great idea of what it would be like to have a bulldog of your own.” For more information see the San Francisco English Bulldog Meetup Group.

Third Saturday of every month

“Boston Terrier Meetup,” 1 PM, San Francisco ( (join the Meetup group for exact location). “Meet fellow Boston Terriers and Boston Terrier Lovers near you! Come to a local Boston Terrier Meetup to play with black, brindle and seal Bostons, talk breeding and have fun. Have your own dog show with those little pups you treat like family!” For more information see the San Francisco Boston Terrier Meetup Group.

Third Saturday of every month

“Chihuahua Meetup,” noon, Danville (join the Meetup group for exact location). “Meet friendly Chihuahuas and Chihuahua Owners near you! Come join us and socialize. All small breeds and owners welcome. It’s a great experience for both.” For more information see the East Bay Chihuahua meetup group.

Third Saturday of every month

“Dachshund Meetup,” 2 PM in San Francisco (join the Meetup group for exact location). “Meet fellow Dachshunds and Dachshund Owners near you! Come to a local Dachshund Meetup to talk breeding and have your own dog show. Longhaired, Smooth or Wirehaired; miniature or full-sized, all breeds of Dachshunds and people are welcome!” For more information see the San Francisco Dachshund Meetup group.

Third Saturday of the Month

The Peninsula Chihuahua Meetup,” noon, Seal Point Dog Park, San Mateo. We’ll use the time to get to know each other, talk about being ChiChi Lovers, and discuss what we want out of our Meetups. The Seal Point Dog Park is located off of Hwy 101. You take the 3rd Avenue exit East and continue on E. 3rd until it turns into J. Hart Clinton Drive. The park is on the left. When you turn into the park there is a parking lot on the right near the fenced in dog park. We will be in the small doggie section (obviously!). For more information see the Meetup website.

Third Saturday of the Month

“Contra Costa English Bulldog Group MeetupUp,” 10 AM, Memorial Park Dog Run. “We are a small group of bully owners who live in the Contra Costa County area. Our bullies play with each other – it’s that simple! A great opportunity for your bully to meet other bullies and their owners. See you at the Meetup!” As like all other meets, it will be cancelled if it happens to rain. since it’s no fun for the bullies to be in the rain. For more information see the Meetup website.

Third Saturday of the Month

“San Francisco English Bulldog Group MeetupUp,” 4 PM, location TBA. “We are a group of Bulldog Lovers that meet up and have our bullies play with each other. That’s basically it. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people. Meet new dogs. Or just get a great idea of what it would be like to have a bulldog of your own.” For more information see the Meetup website.

Third Saturday of the Month

“The Peninsula Yorkshire Terrier Meetup,” 10:30 AM. “I hope the weather holds out for us! We will be outdoors at Shore Dogs park in Redwood Shores. Shoredogs park has grass and a tree, poop scoop bags, a picnic table and doggie water fountain. It sometimes get breezy, so bring a sweater.” For more information see MeetUp.com.

Third Saturday each month

“Basset Hound Meetup,” 10am, Morgan Hill Dog Park on Tennant. BABH *Bay Area Basset Hound* Yahoo group meets the third Saturday of each month at 10am. All hounds and their hound-wanna-be siblings are welcome! For more information contact Gwen Dossey at 510-828-8787 or pengwen65@yahoo.com, or see http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/BABH/.

Third Saturday each month

“Pet Ambassadors Club,” 1-2 PM, Alameda See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. This monthly pet education series for kids of all ages offers activities like teach how to be respectful with animals, how to read animal emotions, and making animal-themed crafts to take home. 510-523-7768, http://alamedaseespotrun.com

Fourth Saturday of every month

“German Shepherd Rescue Adoption Day,” 11am-2pm, Pet Food Express, Los Gatos Village Square, 15466 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos. German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California is dedicated to the rescue and welfare of German Shepherd Dogs. Our volunteers help foster and adopt dogs to willing homes — we hope you can assist us in our efforts. Our Adoption Day events give you an opportunity to see some of our dogs that are available for adoption and talk to our volunteers about the kind of dog that might fit into your lifestyle and household. For more information contact 1-866-SAVE-GSD or www.SAVEGSD.org.

Fourth Saturday of each month

“San Francisco Shih Tzu Meetup, 11:30 AM, Alta Plaza Park, Between Scott and Jackson Sts, San Francisco. “Please feel free to come to our monthly meetup on the 4th Saturday of each month”. For more information contact Daphne, Scotti and Yoda at (415)971-1885 or see the meetup website.

Last Saturday each month

“Basset Hound Meetup,” 10am, Fort Funston – San Francisco. BABH *Bay Area Basset Hound* Yahoo group meets the last Saturday of each month at 10am near the port-o-potty’s at the upper parking lot to take a leisurely stroll on the beach and back. Usually takes 2 hours, depending on how much the hounds stop to play!! All hounds and their hound-wanna-be siblings are welcome! For more information contact Gwen Dossey at 510-828-8787 or pengwen65@yahoo.com, or see http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/BABH/

Monthly

“Santa Clara County Dachshund Meetup Group,” various locatons and dates. For more information see the meetup website.

Every Sunday – Recommended for puppies!

“Dog’s Life Puppy Socials” 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. (shy, smaller dog section available at 10:30). Held at A Dog’s Life, 1249 Birchwood Drive, Sunnyvale. Puppy Socials are a safe and supervised environment to help further your puppy’s social skills and bite inhibition during that critical up-to-18 week socialization window. Course prerequisites: Puppies must be under 18 weeks of age when attending their first social; Puppies must have proof of being 10 days past their initial vaccination for DHPP at their first attendance. Bordatella also recommended but not required; Guardian over 18 years of age must accompany puppy; $10 – per session drop-in charge. Payment goes to instructor. NO NEED TO REGISTER. On-time arrival is required to avoid disruptions. Space may be limited. Socials will be closed to latecomers and will be closed when room is full. Bring a few yummy treats for your pup and a non-spill water bottle. For safety of all dogs, please bring pup on flat collar (no metal or slip collars; harnesses must be removed during play). The puppy socials are intended as a safe place for friendly pups to socialize. Please note that this is not an environment to work on behavior issues. Socials are not necessarily appropriate for every dog and the trainers on duty are qualified to make that assessment if necessary. Trainers reserve the right to excuse any pup from social for any reason. Check our website for more details:http://www.dogslife.biz/classes_puppy.html#puppysocials

Every Sunday – Recommended for puppies!

Puppy Social,”11 AM, HSSV Training Room, 901 Ames, Milpitas. Humane Society Silicon Valley Presents Puppy Socials – Where there’s a party for every puppy! Trainer-supervised, one hour socials, where your puppy will learn important play skills and bite inhibition that they can take with them. For more information see http://www.hssv.org.

Every Sunday

“Woof, Walk & Yappy Hour!” 10:30am, Santa Cruz. Join us each week for a walk in Santa Cruz! Each week is a different locale and then we go to a dog-friendly restaurant for Yappy Hour. Our walks are adventures, many in places local dog owners didn’t know about! We walk for about an hour and a half and then go eat. Please email to get on the mailing list to find out about each week’s walk. More upcoming events will be happening such as whale watching, movies with your dog, music, etc! Contact Woofers & Walkers at 831.427.0350 or whitneywilde@sbcglobal.net.

Every Sunday

“Walk-in Vaccinations/Microchipping”, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m, HSSV Medical Center, 901 Ames Ave, Milpitas. Humane Society Silicon Valley offers vaccinations, deworming and microchipping services on a walk-in basis at its Medical Center. For fees and information, visit www.hssv.org or call 408-262-2133, ext. 108.

Every Sunday

“Potty Training seminar”, 2-2:30pm, Petco, Village Oaks, 5650 Cottle Rd #30, San Jose. Have a new puppy or an older dog going potty in the house? Join our FREE 30-minute seminar and learn great tips to help prevent accidents. Successful potty training can last a lifetime. For more information call 408 578-8592.

Every Sunday

“Puppy Play,” 2:30pm, Petco, Village Oaks, 5650 Cottle Rd #30, San Jose. This 30-minute session provides puppies ages 8 weeks to six months a safe and fun environment to learn social skills. Build a lifetime bond with your puppy while learning about puppy play and social development from a Petco Positive Dog Trainer. For more information call 408 578-8592.

Every Sunday

“Get free love at LOVE A SENIOR SUNDAY,” 12-3 PM, Muttville HQ, 255 Alabama St. (corner of 16th), San Francisco. We are incredibly excited to introduce you to the adorable mutts of Muttville!! Come check us out and meet our sweet mutts who are still looking for their forever homes. One might just be your next best friend! Drop by any time. And if there’s a adorable mutt on our website that has already snagged your attention, let us know you’re coming so we can make sure that particular cutie-pie is there to meet you! For more information email adoptions@muttville.org.

Every Sunday

“Small Dog Beach Walk,” 10 AM, Ocean Beach (San Francisco). Small dogs (under 20 lbs). No cost, no commercial intent, just fun and exercise. The Saturday walk is a loyal group. We’ve had up to 25 dogs even on rainy days; on a fair weather Saturday we have 50+ dogs and 75+ people. At Ocean Beach, we meet across from the Beach Chalet Restaurant on the beach close to the water. We walk north from there, because the legal off-leash area ends just south of there. There is plenty of parking, and the area is well served by MUNI. See our website atforthedogs.net and our Yahoo Group at groups.yahoo.com/group/SmallDogsSF/

Every Sunday

“Terrier Play Day,” 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, Manzanita Park, 17000 Castroville Blvd, Prunedale. Join us every week as we welcome all levels of working terriers, dachshunds and their people who want to have FUN with their earthdogs. Racing, Go-to-Ground, Agility, Conformation, Grooming & Pot Luck social picnic. Have a good time or prepare for trials. Run your dogs, Muzzles are required for racing and on sale at the event. Cost $10/dog, $2/person. Sponsored by Living with Dogs. Volunteers very welcome. For more information see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/terrier-play-day/ or call 831-476-9065.

Every Sunday (except major holidays)

“Pit Bull Training Class,” 10-11 AM, register for location. Who should attend: new owners/adopters, leash-reactive PBs, and anyone looking to hone their dog’s manners, esp. around other dogs. We help you strengthen the owner-dog bond, improve & maintain your dog’s leash manners, and work on leash reactivity issues. (Not sure if your dog is leash reactive? Check out our Leash Reactivity page). This is a drop-in class, so your dog is always exposed to new dogs. This is a GREAT way to desensitize him/her to other dogs on-leash and to teach your dog to focus on you despite the environment. For more information on this class, email info@ourpack.org.

Every Sunday (rain will cancel)

Dog Agility Course Open,” check the website for time (rain cancels), Wilson Vet Clinic parking lot, 24900 Highland Way, Los Gatos. Open training for 2 hours on an agility course in the Santa Cruz Mts off Summit Road, 15 mins from Los Gatos. Dog agility is a series of obstacles, such as jumps and tunnels, made into a course that the dogs work through. This form of dog play can be purely for fun or serious competition. If the handler has not done agility before then Kristin works them through equipment and some basics. Then they can practice what ever they like. Most come for fun and a few are into competing. There will be no training on Thanksgiving weekend and/or if it rains. Your dog must be in good health; age is not a factor; socially adjusted to people and dogs, and have mastered basic control commands. Beginners are welcome. Please come join us. Contact Kristina Irvin or just show up. Items to bring besides your dog – leash, treats, toy and enthusiasm. Fee to participate is as you feel; the money will go to more equipment. For more information see the website at lomaprietadogagility.com call Kristina Irvin at 408 353-5358 or 408-506-8670 or IN8RUNNER@aol.com.

Every Sunday

“San Francisco Dachshund Gathering,” 3-4:30 PM, Alta Plaza Park, San Francisco. Come socialize you dachshund with other dachshunds, get to know other dachshund owners and share tips. Park is located in Pacific Heights between Scott, Steiner, Clay and Jackson St. Parking available on the street. For more information contact Karey Tolentino at 415-771-8601 or dachshundsf@yahoo.com, or see Dachshund San Francisco website.

Every Sunday

“East Bay Dachshund Group,” 3:30-5 PM, Dublin Bray Commons Dog Park, Finnian Way, Dublin. Socialize your dachshund and get to know other dachshund owners. Share tips with one another. For more information contact Heidi Ertl at heidi_ertl@yahoo.com or 925-931-0451.

Every Sunday

“Small Dog Meet and Greets at Friditas, 11 AM – 12:30 PM, Friditas, 132 Hazelwood Drive, South San Francisco. Come one, come all to Friditas Small Dog Meet and Greets (Under 20 Pounds). Come have a glass of wine and hang out with the doggies! A social event for those of you who really care about socializing your little ones and meeting others. Best of all the event is free! For more information call 415-828-2997 or see
http://www.friditas.com/

Every Sunday

“Large Breed Puppies Playgroup,” noon – 2 PM, Alameda Small Dog Park, 8th and Portola, Alameda. A great place to socialize your pup while you meet new people who also have large puppies. We will move from the small dog playside to the large dog playside of the park as our pups grow. All pups must be 30lbs or less and completed vaccines. Join our group for other events, such as hikes, fostering opportunities and outings. For more information contact the Large Breed Puppies Playgroup at riannonkids@yahoo.com or see groups.yahoo.com/groups/largebreedpuppiesplaygroup.

Every Sunday

“Rose Garden Dog Walk,” 9:30 AM, San Jose Rose Garden, San Jose. Walks are 30-40 minutes at a brisk pace. Walks located in San Jose. This non profit walking and training club for individuals who wish to build a strong bond with their dog while meeting other dog enthusiasts. We promote respsonsible dog ownership by keeping our dogs on leash, asking others before allowing dogs to greet,and fulfulling our dogs through excersize and obedience training. A trained dog is a happy dog. New members are welcome. Please join this group for approval. Upon approval the start location of the walk will be emailed to you. No previous dog training experience is required. Just a smile and a wagging tail!

Every Sunday (Rain cancels)

“Castle Winery Dog Days,” 1-5 PM, Castle Winery, 122 W. Spain St., Sonoma. Bring yor friendly canine companion to frolic during “Yappy Hour while you “whine” on our outdoor patio. For more information call 707 996-1966 or see www.castlevineyards.com.

Every Sunday

“The Dam Dog Walk,” 8:45 am. This walk gets your dog moving in a migrating pack mode for exercise and mental health. Dogs on leash. Cost: $1 donation to Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County. For more information contact Sallie Palmer at 707-463-3647.

Every Sunday

“Potty Training Seminar,” 2 PM, Tully Petco, 1960 Tully Rd, San Jose. Free seminars are an intorduction to Petco’s dog training including basic information on nutirition, grooming and training lessons. For more information see petco.com.

First Sunday of every other month (even numbered months)

“Small Dog Meetup,” 1:30 PM, Castro Valley Dog Park, Paradise Knoll St. , Castro Valley. All small dogs under 15 pounds are welcome. For more information call 510-357-1700, emailchihuahuameetup@yahoo.com, or see the website at groups.yahoo.com/group/chihuahuameetup/.

First Sunday of every month

“Chat, Chuckle & Share – PPG Live Radio,” 9 AM (PST), online. A live show from the Pet Professional Guild that features great discussions & audience questions. Join us to chat, chuckle and share.First Sunday of Each Month at 12 Noon EST. For more information see http://www.petprofessionalguild.com/event-1939068

First Sunday of every month (July – October)

“Paws on the Monument,” 9:00 AM, Fort Ord National Monument. Join BirchBark Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management for a community dog walk on the Fort Ord National Monument. Park Ranger, Tammy Jakl will be on hand occasionally to answer questions and walk with us. We will meet at the Creekside Terrace Trailhead (just off Highway 68 near the intersection of Portola and Reservation Road).  The walk will loop through Fort Ord’s north-eastern border and there will be a 1, 2 or 3 mile option.  Mark your Calendars: July 1st, August 5th, September 2nd, October 7th. The first 20 walkers will receive their choice of a BirchBark Foundation portable pet food dish or BirchBark bandana for your pooch.  Don’t forget to start your WoofTrax when you walk! BirchBark will receive donations as our group of walkers grows. For more information see birchbarkfoundation.org.

First Sunday of every month

“South Bay Boston Club,” 1 PM, please view website for monthly location. Every first Sunday of the month a bunch of Boston Terrier owners and their pups gather together for a great social event. It is a great place to have fun with your dog, socialize with other Bostons and trade info/ideas with each other. We always meet at a dog park that is fenced and very safe for the dogs. For more information contact Brittney Norman at 408-439-4410 or brittneynorman@sbcglobal.net or see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/southbayboston/.

First Sunday of every month

Pug Sunday,” 2:30pm, Alta Plaza Park (along Jackson Street between Scott Street and Steiner Street), San Francisco. Every first Sunday of the month, pug owners gather from far and wide to bring their magical dogs together for an afternoon of chaos and joy. See Pug Sunday Website or contact pugsunday@yahoo.com.

First Sunday of every month

Chihuahua Cha Cha Cha,” 12-noon, Randall Museum/Corona Heights Dog Run. Chihuahua Cha Cha is a monthly gathering of Chihuahuas and Chi mixes (we’re not snobs!) in San Francisco held on the first Sunday at noon at the Randall Museum Dog Run located on the corner of Roosevelt and Museum Way. For more information, contact: info@chihuahuachacha.com.

First Sunday of every month

“Yorkie Meetup,” 1 PM, San Francisco (join the Meetup group for exact location). The S.F. Yorkshire Terrier Meetup Group is a group delicated to meeting other yorkies. We meet once a month for a day of yorkie sniffs! Join today and meet other yorkie lovers in your neighborhood. We hope to see you soon! See the San Francisco Yorkshire Terrier Meetup Group for more information.

First Sunday of every month

“Bay Area Maltese/Maltipoo Meetup Group,” 1:00 PM, Santa Clara Reed Street Dog Park, 880 Reed St. at Lafayette, Santa Clara (check each month for current location). This is a group for anyone positive with a great attitude and a love for their Little One. My Malteses have changed my life in such a positive way. That’s why I started the Maltese/Maltipoo Group to socialize and meet new Pals that share the same joy. We would like to share in funny stories, training tips, and just to have some Doggie Dog fun! There is a separate fenced area for small dogs and large dogs, so our pups will be able to run off-leash safely. We’re also going to try having topics each Meetup. For more information see the Meetup website.

First Sunday of the Month

“San Mateo Pug Meetup,” 3 PM, location TBA. Meet friendly Pugs and Pug Owners near you! Come to a local Pug Meetup to play with people and pugs of all shapes and sizes. Have your own dog show with those little pups you treat like family!We have changed the day for this meetup to 3:00pm on Sunday. Hope to see everyone there. See the Meetup website for more information.

First Sunday of the Month

“Miniature Pinscher Monthly Meetup,” 2 PM, City of Milpitas Dog Park at Ed Levin County Park, 3100 Calaveras Rd, Milpitas. The Santa Clara County Miniature Pinscher Meetup Group is for lovers, fans, parents, admirers, devotees, and slaves of Miniature Pinschers or Miniature Pinscher mixes. We also welcome other small breed dogs and parents to join our play group and meetups to get the most out of play time and socialization for our best little buddies! We have a monthly meeting/playtime at a local park in the Santa Clara County area. Generally, the meetups are on the second Sunday of the month at Milpitas Dog Park. It’s subject to change based on needs/wants of members and their schedules. Check the Calendar on our website. You do not need to live in the county but hope that if you’re out of area you’re able to attend the meetups. For more information contact Frances n Buddy (woof woof) at kennels@smrfcop.com or see the Santa Clara County Miniature Pinscher Meetup Group website.

Second Sunday of every month

“SVACA Adoption Event,” noon- 3:00 pm, Pet Food Express, 5148 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose. Every second Sunday of the month SVACA holds an offsite adoption event from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Pet Food Express in San Jose at 5148 Stevens Creek Blvd. For more information contact Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority at 408-764-0344 or staff@svaca.com.

Second Sunday of every month

“Boston Terrier Social,” 12:00 PM, Corona Heights Park, Museum Way & Roosevelt Avenue, San Francisco. Monthly social group for Boston Terriers and their people! This is a great location. The park has an enclosed dog area and great views of the city. You can’t see the dog area from the road. Park, walk in, it is just to your left. For more directions, pictures, and other information seehttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/sanfranciscobostonterriersocial/.

Second Sunday of every month

“Vaccination and Microchip Clinics,” 10 AM – noon. Marin Humane Society, Novato. Dog and cat vaccinations are $5 each and microchipping is $20 for dogs and $10 for cats (microchips are free for cats with paid vaccinations). Dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers. See the MHS website for more info.

Second Sunday of every month (’til September, and weather permitting)

“The Dublin Summer Fun Pug Meetup,” 11 AM, Bray Commons Park (Keegan St. and Finnian Way), Dublin. Come for some fun in the sun for pug lovers and their pugs! Just for the summer, there will be ice, misters, and a pool for the little guys to play in, so be sure to bring a towel (and sun block for yourself!). For more information contact the Dublin Pug Meetup at 925-829-2997 or dublinpugmeetup-owner@yahoogroups.com.

Second Sunday of every Month

“Nike Rescue Pet Adoptions,”noon-4 PM, Happy Go Lucky Dog Boutique, Westfield Valley Fair (near valet parking), San Jose.
For more information contact Chris Concepcion at 408-313-2691 or Chris@happygoluckydogs.com.

Second Sunday of every month

“Miniature Pinscher Monthly Meetup,” 10:30 AM, City of Milpitas Dog Park at Ed Levin County Park, 3100 Calaveras Rd, Milpitas. The Santa Clara County Miniature Pinscher Meetup Group is for lovers, fans, parents, admirers, devotees, and slaves of Miniature Pinschers or Miniature Pinscher mixes. We also welcome other small breed dogs and parents to join our play group and meetups to get the most out of play time and socialization for our best little buddies! We have a monthly meeting/playtime at a local park in the Santa Clara County area. Generally, the meetups are on the second Sunday of the month at Milpitas Dog Park. It’s subject to change based on needs/wants of members and their schedules. Check the CALENDAR on our website. You do not need to live in the county but hope that if you’re out of area you’re able to attend the meetups. For more information contact Frances n Buddy (woof woof) at buddy@smrfcop.com or see the Santa Clara County Miniature Pinscher Meetup Group website.

Second Sunday of every month

“Alameda Schnauzer Meetup,” 1 PM, Alameda Small Dog Park, Westline Dr., Alameda. Schnauzer owners and lovers from throughout the Bay Area meet at the Alameda Small Dog Park on the second Sunday of every month at 1:00 p.m. for the Alameda Schnauzer Meetup. Please register on schnauzer.meetup.com so we know you’re coming. The Alameda Small Dog Park is located on Westline Drive in Alameda. The Park is next to the Tennis Courts – see Alameda Small Dogs.

Third Sunday of the Month

“Pet Ambassadors Club,” 1-2 PM, See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. This monthly pet education series for kids of all ages offers activities like teach how to be respectful with animals, how to read animal emotions, and making animal-themed crafts to take home. For more information call 510-523-7768 or see http://alamedaseespotrun.com.

Third Sunday of every month

Pom Sunday,” 1 PM, Dolores Park (20th and Church Streets), San Francisco. This is a a monthly gathering of Pomeranians and they people they own. Everyone (and every dog) who loves Poms are welcome. Be sure to bring earplugs! Meet us at 1:00 pm right smack dab in the middle of San Francisco at the southwest corner of Dolores Park near the palm trees above the playground. You don’t have to have a Pom to come to Pom Sunday. All breeds are welcome as long as they can get along with Pomeranians – the biggest little dogs in the world! For more information contact sfpomsunday@yahoo.com.

Third Sunday of every month

“Novato Pug Play Day,” 10 AM-Noon, Hamilton Park Amphitheater, 700 Hamilton Parkway, Novato. Pug Play in the Park every third Sunday of every month. Start time is around 10:00 and ends around noon or so. Fresh water and shade is available. We have a great group of dogs that come – we are up to 40 Pugs strong! Novato Pug Sunday is lots of fun with Pug prize raffles and lots more. There is even a celebrity amongst us, that would be Yogi from Evening Magazine. Come join the fun! For more information contact Jett with the Novato Pug Sunday Group at 415-250-3069 or JCRain5006@comcast.net.

Third Sunday of every month

“Alameda Pug Sunday,” 11 AM – 2 PM, Alameda Small Dog Park, Westline Dr., Alameda. Pugs and their owners meet at the Alameda Small Dog Park. See Alameda Little Dogs or Alameda Small Dogs for more information. The Alameda Small Dog Park is located on Westline Drive in Alameda. The Park is next to the Tennis Courts.

Third Sunday of every month

“Santa Rosa Pug Play Day,” 10 AM-Noon (June-September) or 3 PM (October-May), DeTurk Round Barn dog park, 819 Donahue Street, Santa Rosa, Calif. If it’s too hot or rainy, group members meet the following Sunday. The De Turk Round Barn is a fenced in, leash-free dog park. The Novato Amphitheater Park is a two-acre expanse of lawn crowned by a large stone amphitheater. Fresh water and shade is available at both parks. Please, it is important members observe all park rules and regulations. For more information contact lhoward@sonic.net.

Fourth Sunday of every month

“Bulldog Sundays,” 1 to 4 PM, Alta Plaza Park (between Steiner, Jackson, Scott and Clay Streets in the Pacific Heights neighborhood), San Francisco. Bring a picnic, your friends & family, and most importantly your bulldog for some fun. We’ll be on the north side of the park facing Jackson Street. If you have any questions, need directions etc. please e-mail Mike, Shannon and Maddie Duffy at bulldogsundays@yahoo.com.

Fourth Sunday of every month

“Coton Play Date,”10:30 am – Noon, Hoover Park Dog Run, 2901 Cowper St., Palo Alto. A fun and active play date for all Coton de Tuelear breeds and Coton lovers in the SF & Peninsula area that’s held at the Palo Alto Hoover Park Dog Run. Occurs every fourth Sunday of the month; for 2009 play dates are: 6/28, 7/26, 8/23, 9/27, 10/25, 11/29, 12/27. Request to join this Yahoo! Group and you’ll get all of the great details: Coton Buddies SF Bay Area Yahoo! Group or contact 650-200-5870 or masami_2masami@yahoo.com.

Fourth Sunday of every month

“Dog Book Reading Club,” 2-4pm, HSSV, 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas. Do you love dogs? Want to learn more about their behavior, training, learning, body language, and using positive training methods? The Humane Society Silicon Valley Dog Book Reading Club meets from 2-4 p.m. fourth Sundays monthly to discuss a different book. Free. For more information call 408-262-2133 or see www.hssv.org.

Various dates

“Dog Hikes around Bay Area,” various dates, times and locations, mostly in the East Bay. We are a fun group of hikers with dogs that love to enjoy both passions at the same time. Grab your furry roommate and join us as we sniff out hound friendly trails, preferably off leash, throughout the Bay Area. Most of our hikes are in the East Bay, and are fairly easy. All dog lovers are welcome, even those who have the misfortune of living without pup at the moment. Your dog should be well-behaved, though you need not be. Some hikes are an easy stroll and others will send your heart monitor into the red zone. Hikers should be certain their fitness and the condition of their dog match the hike they sign up for. Our hikes will be kept small in nature. That policy is based on safety as much as park impact. We understand dog hiking involves slobber, poop bags, dusty or muddy pants, and the occasional skunk spray. Hikers should be both responsible with their pets and good humored in regards to the “pack” of the day. Grab your dog, come out and join us. We indulge in doggie gushing, dog tricks, photo ops, and the obvious game of “fetch.” For more information contact Ken McKee at hikersandhpounds@gmail.com or see http://www.meetup.com/Hikers-and-Hounds/

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The Bay Area Bichon Frise Meet Up,” Fremont. This Meet Up is for all the small dog owners especially Bichon Frise owners. If you have a friendly small dog with all the updated vaccinations, you are welcome to join our meet up! See you all soon! For more information contact Cindy Chan Ngan at 510-608-7633 or cindychanngan@yahoo.com or see the MeetUp group.

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January 2018

January is National Train Your Dog Month , Shelter Dog Prevention Month, Walk Your Pet Month, and Unchain Your Dog Month

All Month

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Declares January “National Train Your Dog Month!” The APDT announces a new annual campaign to promote the benefits of positive training and socialization to create a healthy relationship between dogs and their owners. Hundreds of thousands of dogs have been turned into animal shelters because their owners didn’t know how to deal with behavior problems and couldn’t find a reliable resource to help them. We, at the APDT, think it is long overdue to dedicate a month where we can bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be simple and fun! The APDT has selected January as the perfect month because, as we all know, so many dogs and puppies are adopted and brought home during the winter holidays. Our desire is to help these new pet parents start off the new year with their newest family member in the best way possible. It is our hope that the everyday dog owners will visit our Web site, so that they can see how easy and fun training can be, and how patience, consistency and a deeper understanding of their dog’s behavior can lead to happier, healthier and harmonious households. We have a wide range of topics that we’ve covered so that pet owners will recognize themselves & their dogs. We have provided a great deal of information that will help using methods that are kind gentle and that have an emphasis on building your relationships with your dogs. In addition the APDT has more than 5000 members who are willing and able to help dog owners who need help with their dogs. If there is one thing that current television shows about dog training have taught the public its that there are solutions to help dogs with behavior problems and there are alternatives to try before giving up your dog. Our web site content will include contests winners from our membership, downloadable handouts on training, and regular updates on Facebook and Twitter with fun ideas and tips on how to train your dog. APDT members nationwide will help promote the event and focus on bringing awareness to their own home towns. Please join the APDT in celebrating National Train Your Dog Month! See www.trainyourdogmonth.com.

Through January 1

“Annual Holiday Windows,” Macy’s Union Square, Stockton at O’Farrell, San Francisco. Adoptable animals from the SF/SPCA on display at Macy’s Union Square windows. See the SF/SPCA for more information.

January 2

“National Pet Travel Safety Day”. National Pet Travel Safety Day, recognized on January 2nd annually, was founded by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Animal Advocate and former EMT-Medic, Colleen Paige, to highlight the dangers of unsecured pets in vehicles and educate the public about how to make vehicle travel safer for people and the pets they love. For more information see pettravelsafetyday.com.

Through January 7

“Home for the Holidays”, SVACA, 3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara. Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority’s Home for the Holidays campaign runs through Jan. 7 and aims to place all adoptable animals in forever homes. Adoption fees for adults (6 months or older) will be $20 and every adoption, senior or otherwise, will include a Despicable Me 3 Minion Cam, courtesy of Tend Insights. The cams can be set up to check in on your pets when you’re not home.

Through January 7

“Wag Hotels Season of Giving Donation Drive,” Join Wag Hotels’ Season of Giving Donation Drive for Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch.Donate online or at any Wag Hotels location. No donation is too big or too small. Contact Liz Miller, Liz@waghotels.com, 415-876-0700.

 

 

January 14

“National Dress Up Your Pet Day”. Dress Up Your Pet Day is an opportunity to wow the neighbours, and to unleash the inner diva of your favourite pooch or Persian… Why not go the extra mile, and get the little guy or gal something to match your finest glad rags – that way you can both dress to impress and really set some trends! It’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day! Does your pet have an impeccable sense of style? Today is the perfect opportunity to break out the bejeweled collars, sassy sweaters, and fashion accessories. A Weimaraner named Man Ray is arguably the most famous dressed-up pet in American history. In the 1970s he collaborated with his owner, photographer William Wegman, to produce a collection of internationally acclaimed portraits. Whether you choose to dress your pet in a little devil costume from Halloween, a miniature tiara, or your Aunt Mildred’s floral dress, snap a photo of your pet in a fabulous outfit to celebrate National Dress Up Your Pet Day!

January 27  New!

Stars to the Rescue for ARF,” 7pm – 11pm, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek. Ring in the new year by joining Tony La Russa and ARF as we present the 24th annual Stars to the Rescue. This gala event is always a crowd-pleaser and boasts past performances by the likes of Luke Bryan, Bruce Hornsby, Chris Isaak, Tony Orlando, Carlos Santana, Bob Weir, Wynonna and many others. Tickets for this popular show will go on sale in December. Check back for performer updates in the Fall. Proceeds from Stars to the Rescue allow ARF to save dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. For more information: arf.net

 

January 27-28

“Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show,” Cow Palace Main Arena, North & South Exhibition Halls and Lower Exhibit Building, 2600 Geneva Avenue, Daly City (San Francisco). Judging starts each morning at 8:30am and continues at 9pm, but the best hours for the public to attend the event are between 9am and 5pm. Event includes flyball, rally, Canine Good Citizens Test, vendors, an all-breed fashion show, and of course conformation competitions. This is a “benched” dog show. “Benched dog shows are a rare breed (pardon the pun), with only a few still existing in the United States. They are unique because the dogs are on display throughout the show, not only during events or judging. This means that you have a chance to interact with the dogs and get to know them more personally… only dogs that are entered in the show and service animals are allowed inside the Cow Palace.” General Admission – $15 (discounts for seniors, children and families. Discount admission coupons available at Pet Food Express. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster or day of show on site at the Cow Palace Box Office. For more information see goldengatekennelclub.com.

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Bay Woof’s Beast of the Bay Award Voting” Our popular reader’s poll is back and voting is live now through Jan 31. Vote for your favorite dog-friendly people, places and things in our 7th Annual Beast of the Bay Awards. Winners will be announced in the March 2018 issue, and the party to celebrate it all will be at the fabulous El Rio, San Francisco, Saturday, April 11. Sponsorship opportunities are available – call 415-525-4040 for details. Stay tuned to Baywoof.com for more info, and don’t forget to VOTE!

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February 2018

February is Spay/Neuter Month, Responsible Pet Owner Month, and Dog Training Education Month!
Also: National Prevent a Litter Month, Pet Dental Health Month, Responsible Animal Guardian Month, and Unchain a Dog Month

All February

Spay/Neuter Month,” Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames, Milpitas. Throughout February, spay/neuter surgeries are on sale. The cost includes a brief pre-op exam, pre-anesthetic, anesthetic, hospitalization on the day of surgery, and the Spay-Neuter surgery itself. We do have additional charges for those animals in-heat, pregnant, cryptorchid and/or obese ($50 for each 15 minutes time period) and all animals must be current on all vaccinations. Additionally, we have mandatory take-home pain medication. By appointment only! Space is Limited. Call 408.727.3383 x827 or x828 to set up an appointment.

All February

“National Canine Weight Check”. This February, be your dog’s best friend. Join us for the National Canine Weight Check. In February, veterinarians across the country are teaming up for the first-ever National Canine Weight Check, a free and simple way to help you determine if your dog is overweight. Just take your dog to a participating veterinary office, and in many cases, you won’t even need an appointment. For more information and to find a participating vet, click here.

 

February 5

“Thank a Positive Reinforcement Champion Day”, everywhere. In honor of the birthday of Dr. Sophia Yin, take a moment today to thank someone who has been helping to spread the word of positive training and gentle handling!

February ?

“Paws for Love Gala”, 6-10 p.m. Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave at Stony Point, Santa Rosa. Join us for an evening of art, wine, music, food, live & silent auctions benefiting homeless and forgotten pets in the Bay Area and beyond. Our 19th annual fundraising gala features our famous original art created by shelter animals! Put a paw print on your calendar for this favorite Valentine event. $45 donation advance / $55 at door. Details at: PawsForLove.info.

February ?

“Strutt Your Mutt Dog Show,” 2-5  p.m., Hilton Concord, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Let your pet strut their stuff on the runway, win prizes, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, fine wines at this fundraiser for Contra Costa Humane Society. For more information see www.cchumane.org.

February 14

Pet Theft Awareness Day“. Pet Theft Awareness Day is meant to call attention to the importance of pet identification methods. It is a day for considering just how much the presence of an animal can enrich a family and also the responsibility that goes with it. It is a day that encourages those with pets to take steps to ensure the animal’s security and their own peace of mind. Launched in 1988 by the Last Chance for Animals organisation, Pet Theft Awareness Day is aimed at educating animal owners in keeping their pets safe from thieves. With almost 2 million pets being stolen annually in America alone, the threat is real. Two options are to have pets microchipped or tattooed, which can provide an opportunity for some group bonding.

February ?

“CAPE’s Annual Animal Film Festival,” Center for the Arts, Grass Valley. Twenty-two international films on animals, animal protection, rescue, rights, and the human-animal bond at this festival produced by the Center for Animal Protection & Education. $25 all-day pass, $15 senior/student/military, $10 evening session For more information see AnimalFilmFestival.org or CAPEAnimals.org.

February 20

“Love Your Pet Day,” everywhere! This “unofficial” National holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets that you love everyday. This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your pets. For more information see http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-love-your-pet-day-february-20/

February 24

World Spay Day,” everywhere. World Spay Day shines a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street. Each year, World Spay Day – the last Tuesday in February – provides an opportunity for organizations, agencies, clinics, and individuals to join together in a global movement to raise awareness of the life-saving importance of spaying and neutering. This year, events were held in 41 countries, including all 50 U.S. states. Are you looking to have your pet spayed or neutered? Low-cost resources are available in the U.S. and may be available internationally! For more information see worldspayday.org

 

February ?

“Mt. Diablo DTC All-Breed Agility Trials and ABBA Ratter Barn Hunt,” . For more information see www.abbadogs.com

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March 2018

March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month

March 3

“If Pets Had Thumbs Day”. If Pets Had Thumbs Day leaves you wondering what would happen if……. One thing that sets humans apart from many other species on the planet is an opposable thumb. It allows us to do many things that other creatures can’t do. Now imagine what it would be like if your pet had thumbs. Do you get a clear image of your pet with thumbs? Are you seeing your pet doing things with their new thumb? If so, your mind is in spirit with today. Note: If you have a pet monkey, you already know what it would be like for your pet to have thumbs. For more information see http://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/seasonal/if-your-pet-had-thumbs

March ?

“Tails at Twilight,” 6-11pm, Ruby Hill Golf Club, 3400 W Ruby Hill Dr, Pleasanton. Kick up your heels speakeasy style at Valley Humane Society’s annual gala. Savor sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, sit-down dinner, dancing, live/silent auctions. Dress to impress. Cost: $100 per person until February 22. For more information see valleyhumane.org

March 8-11 New!

“Dog Walking Academy,” Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames, Milpitas. Intensive two-evening, two-day workshop covers canine behavior, new pack-management techniques and fight protocols, and the A-Z’s of running and marketing a dog walking business. For more information see dogtec.org/dogwalkingacademy.

March ?

“Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs,” 12-2pm, Lakewood Park, 834 Lakechime Dr, Sunnyvale. “Bring your furry friend and join us for our 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs to benefit Silicon Valley Pet Project. Enjoy finger foods and local vendors while your dog sniffs out eggs filled with tasty treats and valuable prizes. Don’t forget your camera for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Dogs and children (under 12) enter for FREE! The event will take place rain or shine. Looking forward to seeing you there! 100% of proceeds will be donated to Silicon Valley Pet Project. Help support this pawesome cause and have fun in the process!” For more information and tickets see here.

March ?

“Bowling for Pugs,” 12-2 pm, Granada Bowl, 1620 Railroad Avenue, Livermore. Pug Rescue of Sacramento will be hosting 2nd annual Bowling for Pugs event to raise funds for homeless pugs in their care! We will also have a raffle at this event Raffle tickets for prizes will be available for purchase the day of the event for $1 each, and you can buy as many raffle tickets as you want! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for prize updates. PROS is really looking forward to this family friendly event and hope you will mark your calendars, purchase tickets, and jump on board for the fun! $25 per person includes shoe rental. For tickets and more info about this event, please go to Bowling for Pugs 2016!

March ?

“Marin Humane Society Anniversary Gala,” The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap, San Rafael. Experience a night of dramatic and inspiring storytelling about the animals – and people – whose lives are changed by the work of Marin’s oldest nonprofit organization. Join us for a reception featuring animal ambassadors followed by a gourmet, three-course dinner, and an opportunity to bid on unique live auction items. Top off the evening with dancing into the night! This elegant affair is the Marin Humane Society’s most important benefit event of the year. For more information, please call 415.506.6208 or see the Marin Humane Society website.

March ? (First Full Week in March)

“Professional Pet Sitters Week,” everywhere. The annual celebration of professional pet sitters has pet parents gearing up to thank those trusted individuals who take care of their furry companions. The week-long event recognizes the commitment and dedication of professional pet sitters nationwide.

March ?

“Crufts (The World’s Largest Dog Show)” Birmingham, England.

March 13

“K9 Veterans Day” March 13 marks the birthday of the United States K9 Corp. Unofficially, it’s known as “K9 Veterans Day”- a national effort to annually honor all war dogs – from Border Patrol K9s to Bomb Detection K9s to the Therapy Dogs that help human veterans recover from their traumatic injuries. This week’s newsletter is dedicated to all military working dogs worldwide and their handlers – those on active duty, retired, deceased, or fallen heroes. For information see http://k9veteransday.org/

March 18-21New!

“Dog Walking Academy,” San Francisco (location TBA). Intensive four-day workshop covers canine behavior, new pack-management techniques and fight protocols, and the A-Z’s of running and marketing a dog walking business. For more information see dogtec.org/dogwalkingacademy.

March ??

“Iditarod Race,” Alaska. Starts March 6; Awards Banquet on March 20, 2016.

March ?

“Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny,” 11-2, Willow Glen Pet Hospital, 860 Willow Street, Suite 500 San Jose. The Willow Glen Pet Hospital Easter Bunny is coming to town! And the best part is, he will be taking pictures from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. There is NO fee to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! You can take your own photos with your camera or cell phone. Or just let us know and we would be more then happy to take the photo for you then email it right on over! We will also be giving away amazing pre-filled Easter Bags! Annnnnnnnddd we are not done yet! We will be having our famous “3 Golden Eggs”, hidden within our free goody bags! Each Golden Egg will have amazing surprises – anything from a FREE Dental, to a FREE 6-month supply of flea meds. So mark your calendar and come out for some amazing fun – we are so excited to see all of you! And do not forget these pictures are family friendly so the whole family can join in on the fun! For more information see http://willowglenpethospital.com/?page_id=122

March ?

“SF Wag Hotels’ 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs,” Noon-2pm, Old Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park, 371 Chain of Lakes Dr. E, San Francisco. Proceeds benefit Family Dog Rescue.Cost: $15 per adult in advance / $20 at the door. For more information contact Liz Miller, liz@waghotels.com, 415-860-4500 or see sfeasteregghunt2016.eventbrite.com

March ?

“Alameda Wag Hotels’ 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs,” Noon-2pm, Shoreline Park, Adelphian Way (at Mecartney Rd), Alameda. Proceeds benefit Tony La Russa’s ARF. Cost: $15 per adult in advance / $20 at the door. For more information contact Liz Miller, liz@waghotels.com, 415-860-4500 or see okeasteregghunt2016.eventbrite.com.

March ?

“Third Annual Paws on the Avenue”, 1-4 PM, Lincoln Avenue, Willow Glen (San Jose). Dress Fido in his finest and join us for the 2nd Annual Paws on the Avenue! This free event is presented by District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, the Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) and the Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA) Hop on over to downtown Willow Glen for the 2nd Annual Paws on the Avenue! Dress Fido in his Easter finest, put Bella in her best Easter bonnet, and join us for an Easter stroll. Festivities kick off at 1pm under the balloon arch at 1261 Lincoln Avenue. You and your BFF (best furry friend) will pick up some great treats along the way and then join us for some live music, cake, raffle prizes and of course plenty of great photo opps! Even the Easter Bunny will be making an early appearance – don’t miss him hippity hoppin’ down Lincoln Avenue! Check Facebook regularly for updates on this event! For more information see https://www.willowglen.org/paws_on_ave.

March 23

“National Puppy Day”. It’s National Puppy Day! A woman named Colleen Paige declared the first National Puppy Day in 2006. The purpose of the occasion is to celebrate the unconditional love and joy that puppies bring to our lives, and to raise awareness about the horrors of puppy mills. There are more than 8,000 puppy mills and “backyard breeders” in America that supply our nation’s pet stores. The dogs at these puppy mills are kept in terrible conditions and are often killed when they are no longer fertile. How can you make a difference? The official motto of National Puppy Day is, “Adopt instead of shop!” To celebrate National Puppy Day, give a puppy a hug, learn more about this important issue, or adopt a dog from your local shelter!

March ?

ARF’s Annual Business of Saving Lives conference,” Walnut Creek. This two-day conference offers an exciting agenda of workshops on animal behavior, shelter wellness, business and program practices to provide attendees practical information and tools for effective animal welfare operations. Register today! For more information see arf.net

March ? (Third Full Week in March)

National Animal Poison Prevention Week

March ? (Saturday before Easter)

Bunnies and Bonnets Parade,” noon, Campbell Avenue (Light Rail tracks to Third Street), Campbell (near San Jose). The annual Bunnies and Bonnets Parade in Downtown Campbell is a family and community affair held on the Saturday just before Easter and follows the City of Campbell’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. In past years the parade has featured marching bands, baton dancers, classic cars, bagpipers, floats, dog clubs, and other assorted things of interest that make up the Campbell area community. This year, the parade is entering its 10th anniversary and we’re seeking participants to help us make this year’s parade the best one yet. If your group, club, or organization would like to participate in this year’s parade, download the attached entry form. There’s no fee to be in the parade (unless it’s a commercial float). The parade will not be judged and no prizes will be admitted. This is all just for fun! For more information see www.downtowncampbell.com.

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April 2018

April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, National Pet First Aid Awareness Month National Adopt a Greyhound Adoption Month, National Heartworm Awareness Month, and Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

Through April 

“Free Spay/Neuter for San Francisco Pit Bulls and Pit Mixes” at the SF SPCA. Did you know that over 60% of the dogs euthanized in the City of San Francisco are at least part pit bull? As part of an awareness campaign and in an effort to encourage San Francisco residents to spay or neuter their unfixed pits, the SF SPCA is offering FREE spay and neuter surgeries for pit bulls and pit mixes during the months of March and April . Please call us at 415-554-3030 to schedule an appointment.

Through April 30

“Registration for National Service Animal Eye Exam Event”. The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists will conduct free eye exams to eligible service animals throughout the month of May. Clinics and hospitals in San Francisco, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Fremont, Palo Alto, Pleasant Hill, San Carlos, San Rafael and Santa Rosa will be participating in the event. To qualify, Service Animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. Owners/agents for the animals must first register the animal via an online registration form 1 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Registration ends April 30.

April 1-7

“International Pooper Scooper Week,” everywhere! The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws) was founded in February 2002 by a group of pooper scoopers who believe every dog should have its day. In recognition of a growing problem in our communities, environment, and water tables, aPaws has established a special week of educating pet owners on the importance of cleaning up after their dogs. Dog waste is no joke! If you can’t pick up the dog waste yourself then please hire an aPaws Professional Pooper Scooper! For information about aPaws, the Find-A-Scooper Directory, and other health information, please visit www.apaws.org or email info@apaws.org. For more information see http://www.apaws.org/about/media/details.aspx?id=1044

April ? 2019 (First Saturday in April)

“Every Day is Tag Day”, everywhere. Millions of dogs and cats are taken to animal shelters as strays each year — but only about 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats who end up in shelters without an ID tag or microchip are reunited with their owners. Why? Because their owners failed to put identification on their animals. Yet even the most responsible pet owners can be accidentally or unexpectedly separated from their pets. That’s why American Humane Association celebrates Every Day Is Tag Day™ on the first Saturday in April each year: to encourage all pet owners to tag and microchip their companion animals. For more information see americanhumane.org.

April ?

“McKinley School Dogfest,” 11am-4pm, Duboce Park, Noe Street at Duboce Avenue, San Francisco. DogFest is a celebration of dogs and kids benefitting SFUSD McKinley Elementary School, a K-5 public school at Castro and 14th Streets. The festival offers something for dogs, kids, and parents of both species. For more information see mckinleyschool.org/dogfest.

April ? 2019 (second full week of April)

National Dog Bite Prevention Week,” National Dog Bite Prevention Week takes place during the third full week of May each year, and focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable. A program of American Veterinary Medical Association. For more information see www.avma.org.

April 8

National Dog Fighting Awareness Day,” everywhere. In honor of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) on Wednesday, April 8, we’re asking animal advocates across the country to help us Get Tough on dog fighting. This brutal form of animal cruelty occurs in every part of the country and in every type of community, and it must be stopped. We’re working to eradicate dog fighting by assisting in raids and rescues alongside law enforcement agencies and by advocating for stronger laws and sentencing for those who commit this terrible crime. But we can’t do it alone—we need the support of animal advocates like you. Read here for three simple ways to help.

April ? 2019 (second full week in April)

National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week”, everywhere! The National Animal Care & Control Association is proud to endorse our annual effort to celebrate and promote professionalism within the Animal Control field on the national stage. As with other events designed to promote specific groups, professions, and other important causes, NACA is pleased to provide all the necessary encouragement for all localities who would like to show their appreciation to their Animal Control personnel. We encourage all Animal Control agencies to have a special week of their own to show off their pride and receive recognition for the important services they provide to their communities. This week of appreciation is designed to give recognition to the hard-working men and women of Animal Control who risk their lives and devote huge amounts of personal time and resources, while they serve the public like other public safety and law enforcement agencies empowered with the same duties. For more information see http://www.nacanet.org/?page=appreciationweek

April 11

“National Pet Day”, everywhere. National Pet Day was founded in 2005 by Colleen Paige to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters and rescues all around the globe. Almost any non-exotic animal you can think of, from dogs and cats, to small animals, farm animals, reptiles and birds…there are pets who need your love. For more information see http://www.petdayusa.com/

April ? 2019

“Barkitecture 2018 Auction & Gala,” 6:30 p.m. McCormack Hall, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. Join us on April 14, 2018 for a Greek-themed gala benefit for the Humane Society of the North Bay! This exciting event takes place in the USA World Classics Event Center. It is like a little old-fashioned city with classic cars and artifacts of yesteryear. Family-style food will be served to each table! There will be silent and live auctions, games and entertainment. Last year sold out, so this year, don’t miss out! Proceeds support the programs at the Humane Society of the North Bay. For more information see HSNB.org.

April ? 2019

CARE 5K Pet Run/Walk,” 7 a.m., Los Lagos Golf Course, San Jose. This fun event benefits Companion Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.).Participants will receive shirts and awards! More information see CarePets.org. 

April ? 2019

Annual Canine Science Symposium,” 9:30am – 4:30pm, Pawsitive Tails, 1255 22nd Street, San Francisco. Join Pawsitive Tails as we host a full day of exciting, new dog research with scientists from laboratories on both coasts discussing their latest work in canine cognition and behavior as well as the interesting intersections of canine and human behavior. Speakers for this year’s Symposium include Clive Wynne, Erica Feuerbacher, Sasha Protopopova, Lindsay Mehrkam and Lisa Gunter. For canine professionals, shelter workers, and enthusiasts that are interested in understanding more about the science behind our interactions with dogs, this day of applied science will include presentations on human/dog relationships, shelter adoptions, behavior labels & fictions, breed labeling and improving canine quality of life with a roundtable discussion to end the Symposium hosted by board-certified veterinary behaviorist Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB. Symposium proceedings and lunch provided for attendees. For more details and online registration, visit sfspca.org/css2018.

April ? 2019

“Jake’s Fest,” 12-6pm, 17520 Depot St, Morgan Hill. Jake’sFest is coming! Come check out our first annual Jake’sFest fundraiser and bring all your craft beer, wine, and dog-loving friends! This indoor/outdoor benefit will be hosted by The Grapevine and Running Shop and Hops in downtown Morgan Hill. We’ll have a silent auction featuring Hawaiian and Mexican vacations, wine packages, and much more to bid on; a donation drawing with lots of fabulous gifts; dog-related vendors; live music with Beagle at the Door; food trucks (including vegan!); sales of beer and wine; and more! And best of all, all proceeds go to help Jake’s Wish save more shy, injured, abandoned, or otherwise at-risk dogs from our local shelters and community. We are an all-volunteer organization so your dollars go straight to the dogs to help us cover vaccinations, food, supplies, and most importantly – spay/neuter! Together we can make a real difference in our community. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/1763461070615500/ and to purchase tickets see https://jakesfest.eventbrite.com/

April 15

“Tax Day,” USA. Have you filled out your 1040-DOG form?

April 18-24 (Third Full Week of April starting with Sunday)

“National Pet ID Week”, everywhere. The third week of April has been designated National Pet ID Week. It is a time to increase awareness of the need to properly identify pets. We encourage pet owners to use various pet identification methods to ensure the safe return of their pets should they become lost. For more information see http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=22+2016&aid=3122

April ? 2019

HSSV Fur Ball Gala,” 6-11 PM,Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. This event is Humane Society Silicon Valley‘s annual black-tie fundraiser. This one-of-a-kind event, which includes your pet as a guest, will have wine tasting, gourmet cuisine, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Advanced reservation required. Tickets are $250 per guest (Animal companions may attend free of charge). If you and your animal companion would like to join us, please contact Contact Amy Winkleblack 408-262-2133 x144 or amy.winkleblack@hssv.org

April ? 2019

“Days of Wine & Wet Noses,” 1-5 pm MacDorsa Park – 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley. 8th Annual Day of Wine and Wet Noses includes a day of music, fabulous local breweries and wineries, plus super yummy food! Join the fun, with local beer, food, and music while supporting animal rescue organizations. Proceeds will go to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, Unconditional Love Rescue, and Heading Home Animal Rescue. Gates open and ticket sales begin at 12pm.  Entrance: $15 – 21years+; $10 for 10-20 years, and free for  under 10 years.  Peace Of Mind Dog Rescue information table & adoptable dogs will be on site. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Do bring: blankets, lawn chairs; Do not bring: bottles or cans. For more information see facebook.com.

April ? 2019

“Chief Solano Kennel Club Dog Show,” 8:00 am to 6:00 pm – North Grounds, , Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. Parking: $7 per vehicle. Our annual AKC Dog Show and Obedience Trial, Rally Obedience Trial, and Sanction B-Match will be held April 19th and 20th this year at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. We want to invite all those who wish to participate this year. Especially all the exhibitors, spectators and venders. Please make sure you also visit our Obedience and Rally Obedience rings. New this year: Check out our Owner-Handler Series and don’t miss the New Puppy 4-6 month Puppy Series. For more information, please call: (707) 446-7492 or see www.chiefsolanokennelclub.org.

April 23

“Lost Dog Awareness Day,” everywhere. “All too often, when someone finds a lost and wandering dog along the street, they assume that this dog is a stray, and has no home. Lost Dogs of America (LDOA) was formed to help prove this assumption wrong, and help those wayward mutts find their way back to their owners and friends. The organization was established in 2011, and in 2013 established Lost Dog Awareness Day. Over those years they have helped 42,000 dogs find their way back to their loving homes. Take your pet to a vet and get them microchipped. Then make sure you have plenty of recent photos of your fluff-ball just to make sure you have a lot of recent images of them to help others identify them. Lost Dog Awareness Day is your chance to make a difference in the lives of our furry four-footed family.” For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/lostdogsofamerica/

April 25
“Home Alone: Separation Anxiety Seminar,” Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, Sacramento. Separation anxiety is a panic disorder in dogs that is stressful for everyone. The solutions vary depending on each dog and common recommendations found online often provide no relief or make things worse. Learn how to help your dog feel more comfortable when you leave. These seminars are for humans only. PLEASE DO NOT BRING DOGS. Includes lecture, photo and video examples. Presented by Sacramento SPCA Behavior and Training Specialist, Lisa Mullinax, CDBC. Ticket Price: $59. For more information see SSPCA.org.

April 26

“National Kids & Pets Day”, everywhere. Created in 2005, this day is dedicated to celebrating the magical bond between kids and animals. It helps to bring awareness to the many animals in need of a loving home, as well as educates the public about safety between kids and pets. This day was established to honor the strong connection that kids have with their beloved pets. Children who grow up with pets learn about compassion, responsibility, caregiving, and more. This day also encourages pet adoption through local animal shelters – with an importance placed on safe interactions between kids and pets. Celebrate today by reminiscing about your favorite childhood pet, or bring your children to interact with animals at a local shelter. How did your pets impact your childhood? For more information see http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-kids-and-pets-day

April 25 (Last Wednesday in April)

“International Guide Dog Day”, everywhere. Guide dogs are amongst the most phenomenal animals on the planet, and the difference they make to the lives of those without sight simply cannot be overstated. It is impossible to feel anything but pure love and awe when you witness just how dedicated these guys are to their owners, or, it seems, best friends, and how precious and adorable the relationship the two of them have is. To celebrate these dogs and the patient and talented people who train them, and pay tribute to the important role they each play in our society, people across the world come together to partake in International Guide Dogs Day. It isn’t just those who need Guide Dogs that celebrate this special day, either. The crucial work they do is recognised by everyone, and on International Guide Dogs Day, lots of people like to go out of their way to honour and express their gratitude to these dogs who have impacted the lives of so many. For more information see https://trudog.com/home/its-international-guide-dog-day/

April ?

“2019 Bark For Life,” 10am-2pm, Murphy Park – 1571 Yellowstone Ave. Milpitas. This fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is focused on our canine companions. The American Cancer Society Bark For Life™ is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games. For more information see Crowdwise.com.

April ?

“Doggy Dash and Bark in the Park Festival,” 8:30 AM-3PM; William Land Park, Sacramento. Registration opens at 8:30 AM on the day of the Doggy Dash and the 5k/2k walk leaves at 10:00 AM. Immediately following the walk—stay and play at the Bark in the Park festival and enjoy K-9 demonstrations, contests, food, drinks, and more than 80 sponsor and vendor booths to visit, sample and purchase pet-friendly products and more!  Join us during the Bark in the Park Festival in our Food and Beer/Cocktail Garden from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM – we will be serving up mimosas and Bloody Mary’s as well as pouring local craft beer. Local food trucks will also be serving up great food and treats for you and your family. Relax with your pooch, enjoy a beverage (or two) and chow down on some grub after the walk!  Bark at the Park Festival admission is FREE for registered Doggy Dash walkers! There is a $5 suggested donation for anyone not registered to walk upon entering the festival area. For more information see SSPCA.org.

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May 2018

May is Chip Your Pet Month, National Pet Month, Responsible Guardian Month, and National Service Dog Eye Examination Month.

May 1

“National Purebred Dog Day”. For more information see akc.org

May 1

“Mayday for Mutts”. To shine a light on the millions of dogs entering U.S. animal shelters every year, Karen Derrico, the author behind the book Unforgettable Mutts: Pure of Heart Not of Breed, has found this first Sunday in May as National Mayday for Mutts. This event is being made possible by various animal shelters, humane organizations and pet-related businesses. These groups are promoting the adoption of dogs that are a mixed-breed. All of these events will happen during the whole month of May – so, while yesterday was the “official” day – the entire month is focused on bringing awareness to the need to adopt mix-breed dogs (lovingly called Mutts!). For more information see http://blog.porchpotty.com/mayday-for-mutts-a-fight-to-eliminate-canine-discrimination/

May ?

“Beast of the Bay Awards 2018 Celebration,” 3-7pm, El Rio, 3150 Mission St., San Francisco. Celebrate all the winners of the Beast of the Bay Awards with MC Sister Roma, live music, food, dog costume contest and a raffle to benefit the “Best Rescue Group” winner. Cost: $10 at the door, 21+, well behaved dogs welcome. For information see Baywoof.com/events.

May 2-8

“Be Kind to Animals Week”. This week-long event has been celebrated since 1915. Always the first full week of May. For more information see http://www.dogtipper.com/blog/2015/05/be-kind-to-animals-week-turns-100.html

May 3

“National Specially-abled Pets Day.” For more information see speciallyabledpets.com.

May 3-9 (first week in May)

National Pet Week,” Pets have profound affects on the lives of their human owners. They provide us with love, endless hours of companionship, and wonderful relationships that help fill our our lives. National Pet Week is a celebration of those relationships. Being a pet owner is not just fun and games. Being a responsible pet owner requires that your pet’s health is properly cared for. Information on the health of your pet is included here, but make sure to talk with your veterinarian about your particular situation. “National Pet week” was,jointly founded by the American Veterinary Medical Association (Schaumburg, Ill.) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA, to promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine. The Auxiliary to the AVMA is celebrating “Pets and People—Healthy Together”. The Auxiliary chose this year’s theme to promote the importance of exercise for people and pets, said Ginger Morton, the Auxiliary’s vice president for public relations. The purpose of National Pet Week is to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond, and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine. The AVMA and Auxiliary founded the event in 1981, and the celebration has spread throughout the United States. The AVMA continues to support the event. For more information see www.petweek.org.

May ? 2019

“Wag n’ Walk,” 8:30-noon, Shoreline Park, Foam Street near the Coast Guard Pier, Monterey. The Wag n’ Walk is our signature people and dog walk-a-thon! The more donations you collect, the further each step you take will go to help the animals. Have fun and help us raise money and awareness for homeless, abused and neglected animals at the 21st annual Wag n’ Walk. Register as an individual or as a team for a two- or four-mile walk benefiting the SPCA for Monterey County. Have your team photo taken, meet SPCA Humane Officers, get free behavior tips, contests (11 a.m.) and more.Choose between a two or four mile walk and enjoy a funfilled morning by the bay with your pet while supporting The SPCA for Monterey County. For more information see spcamc.org.

May 8

“National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day”

May ? 2019 (beginning on Monday before Mother’s Day)

Puppy Mill Action Week,” everywhere. Puppy mills contribute to pet overpopulation and cause countless dogs lifetimes of suffering in squalid wire cages. Help us stop this cycle of cruelty: Do your research before getting a puppy, and look into adopting a dog from your local shelter.

May ? 2019

“Petchitecture,” 6pm, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco. We invite you and your dog to Petchitecture, a gala benefitting PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) at the Fairmont Hotel. Guests can enjoy and bid on one-of-a-kind pet habitats designed by Bay Area architects. Musical guest, Paula West. Fully licensed and vaccinated pups (on leash) are most welcome. For more information and tickets see www.shanti.org

May ? 2019

“Napa Humane’s Pawsport Napa Valley,” 10:30am-5pm, 17 Wineries in the Napa Valley, see website for all locations. The only dog-friendly, passport-style wine tasting event in Napa Valley is back. Pawsport Napa Valley, benefitting Napa Humane. Enjoy unforgettable experiences at 17 Napa Valley wineries and tasting rooms, featuring exclusive tastings, food pairings, bottle purchase discounts, souvenirs for you and your pup, delectable treats for four-legged friends, and more. Cost: $75. For more info: Adrienne Amdahl, aamdahl@napahumane.org. Purchase passport: napahumane.org.

May ? 2019

Sausalito Wag Dog Festival, 10-3, Marinship Park, Sausalito.  Have fun with the Everyday Dog Show with categories like Best Wag, Best Bark, and Best Trick, visit with over 20 vendors and rescues, watch demonstrations, participate in the human/dog obstacle course. There will be food and beverages for sale (adult beverages as well)! Free to the public.  For more information see sausalito.gov.

May ? 2019

“Bay to BARKers Cocktail Pawty,” 6pm – 9pm, SF SPCA Mission Campus, 250 Florida Street, San Francisco. Join us for cuddles, animal-themed cocktails, delicious vegetarian food, and more at our annual spring cocktail party! Enter the Instagram pet costume contest today by using the hashtag #B2BARKERSCOSTUME. Winners to be announced at 7:30pm at the event. Prize categories: most original, most likes, and most San Francisco! RSVP required, unlock your ticket with a donation of your choice.

May ?  2019

“Operation Freedom Paws Annual Charity Golf Tournament – Golf for Veterans”  Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Gilroy. Operation Freedom Paws hosts their annual golf tournament fundraiser, with dinner and silent auction. Grab a friend or three and join us out on the course at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy! Registration opens at 9am with a shotgun start at 10am. Enjoy a scramble-style round of golf, practice balls, goodie bag and BBQ tri-tip & chicken awards ceremony. Play hookie for a great cause! For more information see operationfreedompaws.org.

May ? 2019

“Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade,” Los Altos. The Kiwanis Club presents their Annual Pet Parade. For over 60 years (starting in 1947, five years before Los Altos was incorporated as a city), the Los Altos Kiwanis Club has produced the Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade. From rather simple beginnings, the Kiwanis Pet Parade has evolved into the city’s most renowned civic event – a spring celebration that attracts thousands of kids, along with their pets of all kinds, wagons, bicycles, parents and neighbors, as well as bands and other community groups. Absolutely no commercial or political promotions; nothing distributed to the crowds; foot power only (exceptions can be arranged); groups are encouraged to identify themselves with a banner or signs (non-commercial). For more information, contact Randall Hull, Kiwanis Pet Parade Chairman at (650) 559-1914 or randallhull@losaltoskiwanis.org, or see the website at losaltoskiwanis.org.

May ? 2019

Paws on Parade and Annual Animals on Broadway,” Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek. 0.91 Mile Walk. 9:30 am – Pet Walk begins; 10 am – 4 pm – Community festival. Broadway is not just for CATS anymore, it’s for dogs, birds, rabbits, and even potbellied pigs! No, we aren’t talking about the theatre, we are referring to “Animals on Broadway”, a festival for people and pets alike to join together and spend the day celebrating their animals on Broadway — Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek, that is. At “Animals on Broadway”, there’s fun for the entire family! Enjoy your day checking out vendor booths that include travel gifts, costumes, pet jewelry and artwork, gourmutt pet treats and professional pet photography, to name a few. Don’t miss the opportunity to view dog obedience and training classes, police K9 units at work, or having your dog washed by ARF volunteers. And be sure to sign up early for all the fun contests that include Cutest Beg, Silly Pet Tricks, Fastest “Woofer”, Distraction Factor and Dunkin’ for Dogs! Kids can enjoy a special area just for them with fun ARF kids’ crafts and face painting. While you’re listening to live music, look for that special autographed celebrity baseball or St. Louis Cardinals line-up card at the “Sports and ARF Sales” booth or pick up some ARFWear for your family and pets. And while you’re considering adding a new member to your family by adopting a dog or cat at the ARF Adoption Mobile, don’t forget to visit the feral cat and dog rescue groups. For more information contact Animal Rescue Foundation.

May ? 2019

“Bay to BARKers Adoptathon,” SF SPCA Mission Campus, 250 Florida Street, San Francisco. All adult animals (6+ months) will be FREE to adopt May 19 and 20, at both SF SPCA campuses! For more information see SF/SPCA.

Leash Monsters: ReactivityManage and Modify Reactivity on Walks,” In this seminar, we’ll give you some tips and tricks that will help you teach your dog to walk on leash without barking and/or lunging at other dogs, people, cars, etc.  We’ll also provide management and training strategies that will help build focus in your dog and work toward a happy, healthy, non-reactive relationship. For more information see SSPCA.org

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June 2018

June is National Pet Preparedness Month and Social Petworking Month

June ? 2019

Pints For Paws,” 2-5 PM, Berkeley. Drink Beer. Save Animals. Come to the 5th Annual Pints for Paws event and sample a selection of nearly 100 craft beers from 20+ craft breweries and have a great time while benefiting Berkeley Humane. Meet your favorite local craft brewers, cider makers, artisanal winemakers and sample a wide mix of unique brews. Don’t miss a great range of food from local food trucks and vendors. Enjoy live music and bring your crowd-friendly dogs (leashed of course!).  Sample tastings from participating beverage vendors are included with admission.  For more information see berkeleyhumane.org.

June ? 2019

Annual Shiba Party,” 10-4, Orange Park, South San Francisco. Shiba Fanciers of Northern CA presents their Annual Shiba Party! For all those looking forward to a fun summer picnic event that is centered around the best breed on the planet, the Shiba Inu, than what better way to spend a day then to participate in this year’s SFNC Shiba Party! Our event is the largest gathering of Shibas in the US so if you want to meet other Shiba fanatics this is the event to be at. For those thinking about getting a Shiba or wanting to learn more about the breed please feel free to come on by (you don’t need a Shiba to attend).  If you are interested in attending please RSVP Jacey Holden at JHolden@JPS.net so that we can get a proper headcount.

June 4-10 (First Full Week in June)

Pet Appreciation Week

June 9

“World Pet Memorial Day”

June ? 2019

“Paws for a Cause,” 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Pawtrero Hill Bathhouse & Feed Co., San Francisco. “Mark” this on your calendar, Rocket Doggers! Pawtrero will be donating 5% of the sales that day and giving out dog and cat swag bags! Rocket Dog Rescue will have adoptable dogs! There will also be free beer, wine and soda with donation! Come on out and join the fun! For more information see rocketdogrescue.org.

June ? 2019

“Blessing of the Animals: North Beach Festival Animal Blessing,” 2-3pm, 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco. The animal blessing at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi (610 Vallejo Street) will take place from 2-3 p.m. both days during the festival. The North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor Festivals. The event is situated in the historic North Beach District, known to locals and visitors alike as San Francisco’s Little Italy and the home of the famed beat generation. The Festival site includes numerous quaint streets in the heart of the district including Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue. blessing of the animals. For more information see sresproductions.com.

June 15

“1st Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Pet Parade & Festival,” 9am-2pm, Felton Covered Bridge, Graham Hill, Felton.  A fun, family friendly event focusing on the pets that make our lives so much better! For more information see the Facebook page.

June 20 (Wednesday)

“DogShow Art Demo,”  1:30-3:30 PM, Harrington Gallery at Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton. Painting demonstration inside the Harrington Gallery by Kathleen Hill. For more information see firehousearts.org.

June 21, 28 (Thursdays)

“Contemporary Jewish Museum presents: Take a Paws,” 12:30-1pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street San Francisco.  Step away from your desk every Thursday and into The Museum’s comfy new Commons in the Blue Cube for a lunchtime respite of adorable animal videos. Bring lunch and let those zany and adorable puppies and kittens furry your worries away. Free!  About Contemporary Jewish Museum:  With the opening of its new building on June 8, 2008, the Contemporary Jewish Museum ushered in a new chapter of engaging audiences and artists in exploring contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. The facility, designed by Daniel Libeskind, is a lively center where people can gather to experience art, share diverse perspectives, and engage in hands-on activities. For more information see https://thecjm.org/programs/345 or email info@thecjm.org or call 415-655-7800.

June 21 (Thursday)

“DogShow Youth Class,” 4:30-5:45 PM, Harrington Gallery at Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton. YOUNG @ ART: “Woof!”  Fun and educational afternoon program for kids ages 5-11. After visiting the “DogShow” exhibition, participants will create dog-themed art in the Reznick Art Studio upstairs. To register, visit Pleasantonfun.com, class code is 6938.  Instructors: Julie Finegan and Debbie Wardrope.  For more information see firehousearts.org.

June 21

“National Dog Party Day”

June 22 (yearly on the Friday after Father’s Day)

Take Your Dog To Work Day!” This fun “Dog Day” is celebrated across the nation every year in June by thousands of participating companies. The event calls attention to what wonderful companions dogs make and encourages their adoption from rescues and shelters. Dogs will have a chance to earn their kibble, owners enjoy the companionship from their furry friends and employers have the opportunity to experience the benefits of having pets in the workplace! See theTYDTWD webpage for more information. Articles on how to have a successful day are here, and here.

June 22  (every 4th Friday)

“Yappy Hour at Eastridge Mall,” 5-7pm, Eastridge Mall, Center Court (next to Starbucks!), Quimby and Capital, San Jose. Join the PAW-ty! Bring your furry friends for some fun socializing! Enjoy local dog friendly pop-ups, GIANT games+Food+drinks+ LIVE music. The first 20 people with pets will get one free boba from Quickly+ Mini Bon from Cinnabon. Text “DOGS” to 41487 to get updates!  For more information see facebook.com/events/155355151940533.

June 23 

“K9 Fit Club at Strike Brewing Co,” 11AM-noon,  Strike Brewing Co. & Warehouse Taproom, 2099 South 10th Street ##30, San Jose. “Two things that make working out not so Ruff: Dogs and Beers! And we’ll have both!  Your ticket includes a one-hour pantin’ and sweatin’ session where dogs and their humans work out together in a circuit, plus a nice, cool beer from Strike Brewing Co. and free treats for your four-legged friend to enjoy after! Come join us for a howlin’ good time, and Don’t Sit, Get Fit™”. For more information contact Valerie of K9 Fit Club Adobe Animal Hospital at k9fitclub@adobestaff.com or 408-357-8018 or see the K9 Fit Club Facebook page.

June 24

“Northern California Beaglefest,” 11am-2pm. Sausalito Dog Park, 100 Ebbtide Ave., Sausalito. NorCal Beaglefest is a celebration of beagles! We meet every June at the Sausalito Dog Park for beagles to chase scents, meet friends and compete in friendly competitions: Doesn’t Come When Called; Best Arroooo; Longest Ears; Beagle and Parent Look-a-Like. This year we ask that you donate at least a dollar per beagle to the awesome Sausalito Dog Park – you can also make donation here in advance: sausalitodogpark.org/donate. NorCal Beagle Rescue will attend with info on helping Beagles in need and adoptable beagles!For more info: norcalbeaglefest@gmail.com, twitter: @NorCalBeaglefst. facebook.com/norcalbeaglefest.

June 27

Dog Speak – Canine Body Language,” 6-9 pm, Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, Sacramento. Has your dog’s behavior ever caught you by surprise? Dogs often let us know how they’re feeling and what they’re about to do with subtle signals before they react. Unless you know what to look for, you might miss them! Learn how to read what your dog is saying, which can help prevent frights, fights, and bites! This is the first installment of our Dog Pro series for those who work and volunteer with dogs, as well as dog owners of all experience levels. These seminars are for humans only. For more information see SSPCA.org.

June 28

“150th Anniversary Trivia Night,” 7pm, SoMa StEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco. Test your knowledge of animals and the SF SPCA at trivia night! For more information see SF/SPCA.

June 29 – July 1   

“Barn Hunt Competition & Jack Pot Jumpers Series Dock Diving Competition,” Doggone Dirty Dog Sports, 756 Jarvis Lane, Hollister.  All Doggone Dirty Dock Diving competitions are sponsored by the Jackpot Jumpers Series and are UKC sanctioned. For more information see doggonedirtydogsports.com.

 

July 2018

July is “National Doghouse Repairs” Month

July ?

“Dog Days of Summer: FAAS Fundraiser & Costume Contest – Concerts At The Cove,” 5 – 7:30 p.m (Music starts at 5:30; costume contest at 6:15), Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. It’s a special edition of Alameda Crown Beach’s popular summer concert series to celebrate pets and raise money for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. Featuring live music by Oakland Caribbean band Carne Cruda and a Pet Costume Contest judged by Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and FAAS executive director Nancy Baglietto. Bring a blanket to sit on and your pet in his cutest costume for a chance to win a prize! We will also be bringing shelter pets for you to meet and adopt. Cost: Free to attend. Enjoy local wines, craft brews, and food. We will be accepting a small donation to the shelter from contest entrants. (No outside alcohol allowed. All dogs must be on leash and under owner’s control.) For more information see http://alamedaanimalshelter.org/events-news/events/#.VWaeK2RVhH

July 4 Hot!

“Independence Day”, all day, everywhere. Dogs usually hate fireworks, and Independence Day weekend is one of the busiest of the year for most animal shelters. Get training tips to help you out here.

July 4

“Join the Parade,” San Jose. The Alameda Business Association is sponsoring a July 4th parade from Lincoln High School to the Alameda by the Theatre area. Need something fun to do with your dog on the 4th. of July? Join us in the annual neighborhood Rose,White And Blue Parade. Add to your participation by volunteering to help carry our Society banner at the head of the marching Hounders and their happy, tailing wagging (and barking) best buddies. Include your whole family. Kids( of all ages) LOVE being parade banner carriers! This is easy and fun. All our wonderful volunteer(s) need to do is: Arrange to pick up our banner in advance of the parade day (see below*) Be on time and in our assignment place the morning of the parade (July 4th.) so other Hounders know where to rally; Carry our banner with pride ( waving, smiling , possibly a bark here and there :>) Enjoy the always fabulous street fair at the end of the parade; Return the banner . Call our Co-Chair (408) 244-2535, Bob Walker so he can fill you in on what to expect and arrange to pick up and return the banner. Please call today!

July 4

“Basset Hound Waddle for Rescue Fourth of July Parade,” 10 AM – noon, Novato. Join the Golden Gate Basset Rescue for their annual fundraiser and basset hound promotion event, as part of the City of Novato’s Annual Fourth of July Parade! Participants are encouraged to collect pledges and the entry fee goes to benefit basset rescue.   It is a good way to promote basset hounds and promote rescue because it gets dogs and their happy and proud owners out in front of the public.  “Anyone with a friendly, social basset can enter;  if the basset is a rescued dog, so much the better.  If someone wants to participate, but he or she doesn’t have a dog, or the dog does not like crowds and commotion or is too young or too old to “waddle”, he or she can just come without a dog and volunteer to walk a dog for someone else.  Many of us have more than one dog and can use an extra hand.  There are almost always more than 50 bassets in the parade.  We have a “bring-your-own-lunch” picnic afterward in a nearby park.  The club provides sodas and prepares charcoal for anyone who wants to barbecue something.  There will also be games and prizes.” For more information, see the GGBR website or call the City of Novato at 415 898-6425

July 4

“Aptos 4th of July Parade, 9 AM, 7701 Soquel Dr. (at State Park Dr.), Aptos (Santa Cruz area). Calling all Great Pyrenees! Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California invites all Great Pyrenees and their two-legged friends to join us in marching in the Aptos 4th of July Parade. The pyrs are always a crowd (and Judge) favorite! Then immediately following we’ll relax and refuel at our host Don Bowden’s mountain cabin retreat nearby for a BBQ lunch and social hour. Bring a dish to share — there’s lots of cool shade and great trails to explore at Don’s home near the parade route. We’ll provide directions at the parade lineup. We will be lining up at 9 AM (parade begins at 10 AM) (look for the group of impossibly large, fluffy white dogs – we’re hard to miss). After our march (which takes about 45 minutes), a club member with a home nearby hosts a post-parade-pyr-party with food, drink and a beautiful setting to visit with other friendly, pyr-loving folks and their four-legged fluffy pals. So add a little red and blue to your favorite big white dog and join the festivities! For more information contact Deb Michelotti at deb@citadeltech.com (please use “pyr” in the subject line of your email) for further details.

July 4

“Morgan Hill 4th of July Parade,” meet between 8:30 and 9 AM, outside of The Granary Gallery, 17490 Depot St, Morgan Hill. “Come Walk with us! Show your support for a Morgan Hill Off-Leash dog park by bringing your dog to walk in the Independence Day Parade with MHDOG. Wear your stars and stripes and join us on Depot Street near the Granary between 8:30 and 9:00am (We must be completely assembled by 9:00am). For more details check out the parade route atwww.mhidi.com or the MHDOG site at www.morganhilldog.org or call (408)778-4644.

July 4

“The Annual Pooches on Parade and Dine With Your Doggie Bark BQ,” noon, Main Street, Half Moon Bay. We invite all dog owners to come celebrate the 4th of July with our Coastside Communities by walking their four-legged friends in Half Moon Bay’s Ol’ 4th of July Parade. Join us July 4 to be a part of the pageantry. Registration check-in begins at 10:45am and the parade starts at noon. There are fun events surrounding the parade, like our Yappy Hour (6/25) and our Bark BQ (immediately following the parade) that we’re certain you won’t want to miss. For more information see http://www.poochesonparade.org/

July 4 New!

“Alameda July 4th Parade,” Alameda. Be a part of the Alameda July 4th parade! Walk the parade route with your dog and Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter staff and volunteers. For more information see http://www.alamedaparade.com/

July 14 (?)

“Bastille Day Poodles (And Friends) on Parade”11 AM – 2 PM. Santana Row, San Jose. Hosted by Left Bank Brasserie. Whether your dog is a purebred poodle or a Heinz 57 mixed breed, you won’t want to miss the Bastille Day dog parade benefiting HSSV. This is a really fun event with great dog- and people-watching potential! Left Bank is donating each $10 registration fee to HSSV. Don’t miss this fun event with lots of dog- and people-watching! See santanarow.com for more information.

July ?

“Annual Carmel Dachshund Beach Pawty and Wiener Roast,” 12-4 PM, cove on Scenic Rd, between 11th and 12th Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Although visitors are encouraged to explore the splendor of Carmel Beach, the primary gathering spot will be at the cove on Scenic Road, between 11th and 12th Ave. Members, visitors and guests are encouraged to bring picnic supplies, beach-blankets, portable seating, and most of all, your beloved DACHSHUNDS! Tables will be provided for those who wish to bring food, treats or side dishes to share! Dexter’s White-Dapple-Turkey-Chili will be provided to all members again this year! There is a number of pet-friendly hotels available to members and visitors traveling from out of the area. For more information contact the Carmel Dachshund Club at  carmeldachshundclub@gmail.com or see carmeldachshundclub.com.

July 15 

“National Pet Fire Safety Day,” everywhere. For more information see akc.org.

July 21

“National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day,” everywhere. National Craft for your Local Shelters Day is a day set aside to recognize that we can give back to our local shelters in a crafty way. This includes making beds, toys, vests and bandanas that say “adopt me,” leashes, and sew much more. What better way to give back to a shelter than the best way you know how – and for us, it’s crafting. For more information see http://www.sewdoggystyle.com/2015/07/4th-annual-national-craft-for-your.html

July ?

Niles Dog Show (formerly Pooch Powow),” 10 AM – 3 PM, Niles Community Park at 3rd and H Streets, Niles District, Fremont. A great day for dogs and dog lovers alike! Register your pooch in our fun competitions, enjoy the water park, and dog-related demonstrations. For more information contact Niles Main St Association at 510-742-9868 or info@niles.org.

July ?

“Clear The Shelters,” San Francisco SPCA. It’s that time of year again… Time to #cleartheshelters! During this weekend event, all animals will go home with their new families for free.* To celebrate, the San Francisco SPCA is throwing a street fair on Rescue Row with games straight from the midway, delectable sweet treats, vegetarian nibbles, oodles of fuzzy new friends to take home with you, and the return of the notoriously creative dog costume contest! This is a contest of Olympic proportions, so get your glue gun fired up and strut your dog’s stuff on the runway at 1pm. At stake: bragging rights and prizes from NBC. For more information, see https://www.sfspca.org/get-involved/events/cleartheshelters.

July 31

“National Mutt Day,” everywhere. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed-breed dogs. National Mutt Day was created to be celebrated on two dates per year to raise awareness of the plight of mixed-breed dogs in shelters around the nation and to educate the public about the sea of mixed-breed dogs that desperately await new homes. Mixed-breed dogs are thought to be healthier and better behaved; they are thought to live longer and are just as able to perform the duties of purebred dogs – such as bomb- and drug-sniffing, search and rescue. and guiding the blind. There are millions of loving and healthy mixed-breed dogs sitting in shelters, who are desperately searching for a new home. One of the county’s most famous movie dogs is Benji, is a mixed breed terrier.” For more information see http://www.nationalmuttday.com/

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August 2018

August is Adopt A Homeless Pet Month

August 1-31

“Annual Dog Days of Summer at Cima Collina Winery,” Thursday – Monday 11-6, Cima Collina Winery, San Carlos between Ocean & 7th, Carmel-by-the-Sea. For the month of August, we are offering all people who come in with pets a complimentary tasting of our award-winning wines. We specialize in vineyard-designated Pinots, Chardonnay, Cabernet-blends from the finest vineyards in Monterey County. Includes a tasting of our “Howlin’ Good Red,” a flavorful blend of Merlot & Syrah – benefits the SPCA. Free Doggy treats for Your Dogs! For more information, call the tasting room or visit http://p0.vresp.com/8aWoeW or http://www.cimacollina.com

August 1

“DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs”, everywhere. While rescuers at shelters nationwide are able to tell the approximate age of the animals that arrive at their adoption centers, the actual birth dates of the these pets are often unknown. To give these wonderful animals their much deserved recognition, the North Shore Animal League America declares the first day of the eighth month of the year – August 1st – as DOGust the 1st, a universal birthday for shelter and rescued dogs everywhere. For more information see http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/celebrate-dogust-the-1st—the-universal-birthday-for-rescued-dogs-with-north-shore-animal-league-america-99548964.html

August 1

Frisbee Dog Class (All Levels), 6:30 PM, Living With Dogs, 8022 Soquel Drive, Aptos Village. Beginning teams will get an introduction into the exciting world of disc dog, work on throwing techniques, how to teach your dog to catch a flying disc, throwing for accuracy and distance, learning advanced throws, introducing multiple discs to your dog with plenty of individual coaching. Intermediate and Advanced teams will be challenged to increasing proficiency, with more advanced and trick moves as well as problem solving and preparation for Disc Dog competitions. All Level classes are open to all levels of training from newbie beginners to more advanced dogs who want to learn and improve on tricks. For more information see livingwithdogs.us.

August ?

“19th Annual Pooch Parade,” 5:30-7:45pm, Lions Wayside Park, First & Neal st., Pleasanton. Come and joins us at The 19th Annual Pooch Parade. Bring your pups for completion in various categories and win some raffles and prizes. Cost: $10. For more information see trivalleyguidedogs.org.

August ?

“Napa Humane’s Annual Walk for Animals,” 7:30am-noon, Oxbox Commons, McKinstry Street (between First St. and Soscol Ave.) Napa. Move Your Paws for the Cause! Join us in Downtown Napa – walk with or without a pooch. Music, activities, doggie contests, give-aways and more. Cost: $35 pre-registration ($45 day of). More info: Adrienne Amdahl (707) 255-8118 x205, aamdahl@napahumane.org. For more information and to register contact napahumane.org.

August ?  (Starts on First Sunday in August)

“International Assistance Dog Week”, everywhere. International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations. The goals of IADW are to recognize and honor assistance dogs; raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs; honor puppy raisers and trainers; and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities. For more information see http://www.assistancedogweek.org/

August 10

“Spoil Your Dog Day”

August ?

“2018 Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest,” Village at Squaw Valley.  Breweries from throughout the western states showcase their best brews in The Village at Squaw Valley while fantastic bands bring the funk, making this fun-filled event one of the most popular in the Tahoe region. AND you can bring your canine companions to party down with you! $10.00 entry donation per day benefits the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.  For more information visit www.hstt.org

August 15

“Check the Chip Day,” everywhere. August 15 is Check the Chip Day, an observance to increase awareness of not only the benefits of microchips, but the critical importance of keeping the microchip registration up-to-date. After all, the microchip can only be effective in reuniting pet owners with their beloved pets if it’s registered and the information is accurate.For more information see avma.org.

August 20 ( third Saturday of August)

“International Homeless Animals Day®,” everywhere. Animal protection organizations and concerned individuals from around the world come together on the third Saturday of August each year to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic. ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day activities often include candlelight vigils, adopt-a-thons, spay/neuter clinics, microchip clinics, blessings of the animals, and heartfelt speeches given by council members, local veterinarians, humane officers and shelter personnel. Other activities include slideshows, rallies, dog walks, open houses, award ceremonies, live music, raffles, and games. Individuals and organizations wishing to take part in ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day events can order a complimentary downloadable candlelight vigil packet by contacting ISAR by mail, phone, fax or email. Our vigil packet includes guidelines for organizing a successful vigil event with tips on site selection, suggestions for speakers and vigil events, reaching target audiences, poems, songs, sample press releases and more! A program of International Society for Animal Rights. For more information see homelessanimalsday.org.

August 25

“Senior Prom: Summer of Mutt Love,” 6:00pm – 6:30pm: VIP cocktail reception for table sponsors; 6:30pm – 9:30pm: Cocktails, dinner, and program; 9:30pm – 11pm: After party with dessert, drinks, and dancing; City View at Metreon, 135 4th Street #4000, San Francisco. SENIOR PROM is Muttville Senior Dog Rescue’s annual celebration and fundraising gala. The money raised at the (humans-only) event supports Muttville’s mission to create better lives for senior dogs through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice, and to change the way the world treats seniors. Since its inception in 2007, Muttville has saved over 3900 lives (and counting!) and found them loving, new homes. For more information see muttvilleseniorprom.org.

August 26

“National Dog Day,” everywhere (US). The National Dog Day Foundation is working diligently to raise needed funds for public awareness about the plight of dogs in our country. With its first annual National Dog Day Parade coming to New York City in 2007, proceeds from the pre-events and the parade will go to help animal rescue organizations and call attention nationally to dog issues with the hopes of impacting the outreach of animal rescue organizations across the country. National Dog Day’s goal, through public awareness, is to be a catalyst for the adoption of a minimum of 10,026 dogs on that day across the nation by participation of all animal shelters and rescue groups. Shelters that are closed on Saturdays will be asked to stay open, and everyone who adopts a dog on National Dog Day will receive a special National Dog Day “thank you” and adoption certificate as a keepsake of the day. National Dog Day will turn out to be many a dog’s birthday and for all of them it will be a “K9- 4th of July!” Even citizens who are not dog owners will be encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter on National Dog Day. For more information see the website.

August 26

“Dog Days of Summer – at the Giants Game”, 1:05pm, AT&T Park, San Francisco.Giants vs. Mets. Strut your stuff in a pre-game parade and costume contest! For more information see mlb.com/giants/.

August 28

“Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day,” everywhere. In honor of all of our friends with fur, feathers or fins who we have said farewell to, author Deborah Barnes has created Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. Choosing August 28th in memory of the day in 2013 when she said goodbye to her pal Mr. Jazz, Barnes has set up a special Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day event page on Facebook so pet parents can gather in the virtual world to celebrate the life of their late pet by posting a photo or poem.

August 30

“National Holistic Pet Day,” nationwide. This August 30th you have the chance to change your pet’s life just by celebrating Holistic Pet Day. The goal of this special day is to highlight the importance of whole pet health instead of singular systems or problems. Holistic pet health can help improve nutrition, increase energy and remedy lingering ailments. You play a very important role in the health of your dog. Your dog’s food, amount of exercise, and mental stimulation lead to excellent health and well-being, affecting your dog’s physical, behavioral and emotional health. For more information see http://www.dog.com/dog-articles/celebrate-national-holistic-pet-day/9920/

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September 2018

September is National Pet Health Insurance Month – celebrate by getting your pet insured! No pet parent is prepared for the possibility of an unexpected surgery, and there is no better way to handle the expense than with insurance. If you subscribe early and keep up with your monthly premiums, pet health insurance can serve as a financial safety net, allowing many pet parents to provide a higher level of care to their sick or injured pets than they would otherwise be able. In addition, pet health insurance can alleviate the difficult decision to limit veterinary care, or to consider early euthanasia that economic limitations can impose. Prove to Fido that you care about his well being, get him insured!

September is National Service Dog Month. Every day millions of service dogs work hard to improve humans’ lives, and September is the month to recognize just how special these amazing dogs are.

Through Sept ? 

“Cutest Pet Photo Contest” online. Got a great pet photo? Enter it into the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter Cutest Pet Photo Contest! You could be featured in our 2018 Pet Wall Calendar, available for purchase in November. All pets are welcome; enter as many photos of your pet as you like. Deadline to enter is Sept. 10, 2016. For more information see https://my.360photocontest.com/FAASCutestPetPhotoContest2016

September ? 2019

“Wild Blue Dog Camp,” Lake Tahoe. Training and classes for several dog sports and activities, and testing for CGC and Therapy Dog. For more information see wildbluedogs.org/camp.

September  ? 2019

“The Bay Area Pet Con,” 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. This free indoor event for pet lovers and their animal pals includes exhibitors, prize giveaways, rescue groups, discounted vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm and flea preventatives, free nail trims, demonstrations, live entertainment, author Readings and book signings, pet products, and more. More details at BayAreaPetCon.com.

September ? 2019

“Annual World Dog Surfing Championships,” 9am – 2pm, Linda Mar Beach, Highway 1 & Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica. The waves are calling! If you love dogs, love to surf, or even just walking on the beach, the 1st Annual World Dog Surfing Championships is the perfect event for you. The surf dog competition will bring together the best in local and international dog surfing talent. Competitors have an opportunity to raise funds for PHS/SPCA! During the event there will be a number of activities including the surf competition, dog beach fashion contest, dog adoptions, partner tents and activities, and more. For more information, see surfdogchampionships.com.

September ? (second Sunday of September)

“National Pet Memorial Day”. “Join us as we celebrate National Pet Memorial Day honoring our pets both past and present. Held each year on the Second Sunday in September, this prestigious event was established more than 40 years ago by our Members in recognition of the important role that our beloved pets play in our lives. Visit our Membership Listing to find a Member near you to join in celebrating this special day each year.” For more information see International Association of Pet Cemeteries. “National Pet Memorial Day” The day falls the second Sunday of every September and sets aside a time to reflect on and honor departed pets. You can mark this day in many creative, thoughtful ways. See http://www.iccfa.com/national-pet-memorial-day

September ? 2019

“Walk Your Tail Off – Nike Animal Rescue Foundation’s Annual Walk,” 9 am- 5 pm, Vasona Lake County Park- Circle Group A, Los Gatos. NARF’s 16th Annual “Walk Your Tail Off” for Homeless Pets! Come out and walk your tail off for a cause! Enjoy a stroll around the park and other activities for pet lovers and their furry pals. Adoptable dogs will be available for walking and showcasing! For $20 you will get a NIKE animal rescue T-Shirt and lunch! For more information contact Linda Pope at 408.224.6273 or narf@narfrescue.org, or see narfrescue.org/events.

September ? 2019

“Balls in the Ruff Golf Tournament,” noon-7pm, Tahoe Donner Golf Course. Registration begins at 11:00 for a noon shotgun start. Tahoe Donner Golf Course will host our scramble-style tournament, including fun contests throughout the course, a delicious box lunch, a hole-in-one with an AWESOME grand prize, special refreshments and an all-around good time! There will be an awards dinner immediately following play. Benefitting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.  For more information see hstt.org.

September ?

“Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club Dog Show and Agility Trials,” 8:00 am to 6:00 pm – North Grounds, Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. “This all-breed show, incorporating agility, obedience and conformation, will feature over 2000 dogs from more than 150 different breeds. Dogs will compete for the ultimate conformation award of Best In Show at this premiere canine beauty pageant. You may see new American Kennel Club breeds, such as the Italian Spinone or the Polish Lowland Sheepdog. You will be able to enjoy exciting performance events, agility and obedience trials showcasing the dogs’ brains as well as endurance, and booths with information on nutrition, health, rescue and pet ownership. A fun and exciting day with man’s best friend! $5 Adult, $3 Seniors and Children 12 and over, Under 12 Free. Tickets are sold at the door only.” For more information on the show, contact Robin Welter at (510) 237-8135, or weltersinrichmond@comcast.net; for the Agility Trial, contact Lorie Abbott, Event Secretary, (925) 294-8965 or lorie@abbadogs.com or call (707) 795-7941 and see www.akc.org. For general information, see sirfrancisdrakekc.org

September ?

“Camp W: Summer Days,” Lake Tahoe area. Summer camp for you and your dog! Spend your days under the majestic Sierra pines and don’t forget to visit your own private beach for a refreshing swim! A week of incredible fun celebrating nature and summer with a more leisurely pace and lighter fare than Summer Camp. Includes our most popular activities – hiking, swimming, lure coursing, training and crafts – but allows more free time for relaxation and sightseeing. Summer Days offers accommodations with light breakfasts and lunches plus a dinner barbecue. Campers have most evenings free to enjoy local eateries and night life. For those wishing more comfort and privacy, off-site accommodations are available. Formerly “Camp Winnaribbun”. See www.campw.com for more information.

September 17 or so

“AKC Responsible Owners Day”. See details after July 1 at the AKC website.

September ? 2019

“Bark In The Park”, 10am – 5pm. William Street Park – William and South 16th Streets, San Jose. “The day is full of educational and entertaining activities from training events and informative demonstrations to contests, performances, competitions and music. Nearly 75 commercial and non-profit vendors will be offering a variety of products and services. An assortment of food, beverages and music are available. Special areas include a kid’s tent with activities geared for many ages and coordinated by our local museums.” Activities include: Dog Water Park, Agility Course, Children’s Activity Area, Specialty Vendors, Rescue Organizations, Food and Beverages, Live Music, Celebrity Guests, Dog Costume Contest, Pet/Owner Look-Alike Contest. Demonstrations include: Flyball Canine Relay, Sheep Herding, Team Agility, Disc Dogs, Canine Good Citizen, Grooming, Training. Event is free! A $5 donation per registered pet is requested. Dogs must be leashed. For more information see barksanjose.org

September 18-24 (last week in September)

“Deaf Pet Awareness Week”. Visit Petfinder to learn about deaf pets—from what makes them different from hearing pets (answer: not much!) to how to go about adopting your very own lovable deaf pet, and here for information on training deaf dogs.

September ? 2019

“Westie Fall Fun Day Picnic,” Members and guests of the San Francisco Bay West Highland White Terrier Club gather in the early Fall to relax and visit with our friends and other Westie fanciers.  Locations change from time to time and the date usually falls during the month of September.  The date, time and location are always announced in the Club’s Highland Tartan newsletter as well as the Club’s website.  It’s great fun visiting with other Westie owners and, of course, their Westies! For more information  contact Lisa Blutman at lisa.blutman@aol.com or Gail Krieger at gailaurie@hotmail.com.

September ? 2019

“Furry Friends Rescue Woofstock,”3-6 pm,  Jack Rose Libation House, 18840 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd., Los Gatos. Dress up your inner hippy! Join us for a very groovy day of outtasight live music, food, drinks, Hippy Dog Costume Contest, Raffles and Woofstock fun with your dogs! Groovy live band, The Back Pages, play tributes to Rock and Roll of the 60s.  Peace, Love & Rescue! For more information see furryfriendsrescue.org.

September 23

“National Dogs In Politics/Checkers Day”. “National Checkers Day which is also known as Dogs in Politics Day, is observed annually on September 23rd. On September 23, 1952, Vice President candidate, Richard Nixon, gave a speech that was called the “Checkers Speech”. He had been accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses. Wanting to defend himself as his place on the Republican ticket was in doubt, he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address. It was in this speech that Nixon stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift; a black-and-white dog that had been name Checkers by the Nixon children, thus giving the speech its popular name. The ‘Checkers Speech’ was seen, or heard, by about 60 million Americans, making it the largest television audience to that time and it led to an outpouring of public support. With Checkers the dog in the speech, the day also became known as Dogs in Politics Day.”

September 24

“Poodle Day™,” Carmel. Morning, afternoon and evening events in various locations. Poodle Day, an annual event in Carmel, California, that unites poodle owners and lovers — and their furry companions — for a fun-filled day. In addition to being one of California’s premier vacation destinations, Carmel consistently ranks as one of Dog Fancy’s top ten most dog-friendly cities in America. For more information see PoodleDay.com.

September 24

“Hoofin & Woofin 5k9”, Hellyer County Park (San Jose). 5k and 1k run/walk. Come with or without your four-legged companion to the 2nd annual Hoofin & Woofin 5k9. Get some exercise, have fun, and help us raise money for our furry friends who are looking for homes. Benefiting City of San Jose’s animal shelter. Proceeds will be donated to the ‘Guardian Angel Program’ and will be used to provide medical care for special needs pets who don’t yet have homes. Many of these neglected animals suffer from bad teeth, serious wounds and broken bones. Money raised on their behalf allows them to get the surgery they need to recover and be put up for adoption. These funds literally give them a second chance at life. We thank you very much for your support! For more information see www.5k9run.com

September (last week?)

“National Dog Week”. A whole week dedicated to celebrating the amazing canines in your life! (As if you needed another excuse to shower your doggie with love and adoration!)

September 28

“World Rabies Day”, everywhere. Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. For more information and ways to get involved, visit the Global Alliance for Rabies Control website.

September 28

“Furocious Pups”, 6-8pm, Paws & Claws, 3436 Dimond Ave., Oakland. The night before Oaktoberfest, Paws & Claws will be hosting Artist Reception for Alicia Cardell. You and your well-socialized pup are invited to join us for an evening of viewing fun art, meeting the artist, and enjoying lite snacks for all. The reception is also a perfect opportunity for you to shop for your pet’s needs, and avoid the street closures that occur the next day with Oaktoberfest.  Alicia Cardell is an Illustrator and Designer based in the Bay Area. Her love for dogs and creating art inspired her to give a new twist to movie classics. These beautifully detailed images of dogs give the viewer a new perspective to films we love. She uses the sales of her handmade screenprints & accessories to make a pawsitive difference for animals by donating a portion of sales of artwork & accessories to local shelters.   Hand-printed screen prints & accessories will be on sale that evening. For more information see pawsnclawsoakland.com.

September 29

“San Francisco Strut Your Mutt,” Little Marina Green, San Francisco. Join Best Friends Animal Society and our partner rescue groups, shelters and animal welfare organizations for Strut Your Mutt in San Francisco! You can register to walk individually or join a team to fundraise for homeless dogs and cats in your community. Then, on September 29, join fellow animal lovers (dogs not required) to walk at Little Marina Green in San Francisco.  After, you can hang out and enjoy tasty dishes from local food trucks as well as pet-related vendors and lots of fun, family friendly activities. We, along with our partner organizations are dedicated to helping raise funds for pets in the San Francisco area. Last year, over 600 people raised more than $100,000 for lifesaving programs, such as spay and neuter services, adoption events and more. For more information or to donate, see bestfriends.org.

September 29

“Bow-Wows and Books,” 11-2, Hacienda Carmel, 1000 Hacienda Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea. The Hacienda is a retirement community off Carmel Valley Rd. Peace of Mind Dog Rescue will be there as well as Animal Friends Rescue, and others. While it is mainly for the residents, the public is also invited. For more information see POMDR’s Facebook page.

September 29

“Art and Wine on the Mountain,” 3-6pm, Mount Madonna. Come join fellow pet lovers and enjoy an afternoon filled with art, music, wine, food and celebration at a private estate on Mount Madonna overlooking the Monterey Bay!  Local artists will be on-site to display beautiful, animal centric art pieces and photography.  Central coast wineries will be pouring delectable wines and an array of delicious small bites and appetizers will be plentiful.  This event will feature incredible silent auction items and all proceeds will benefit BirchBark Foundation’s mission to help pets and their families through medical crises.  BirchBark relies on the generosity of our community and this event is a great way to celebrate our donors and learn about our recent success stories.  Dr. Merrianne Burtch, Founder and President of BirchBark, will talk about our mission and introduce one of our grant recipients who will share their story about their amazing pet. Space is limited so get your tickets early!  Sorry, no pets at this event. For more information see birchbarkfoundation.org.

September ? 2019

“Barktoberfest,” Maidu Park, Roseville. This extravaganza is one of the most-anticipated community events in the area, designed for canines and their well-behaved human companions! Take part in a fun run/walk for canines and companions alike, followed by games and contests, food, entertainment, vendors and beer tastings! If you thought Oktoberfest was fun, just wait until you experience Barktoberfest! For more information see placerspca.org.

September 29-30

“Oaktoberfest”, 11-7pm, located at the intersection of Fruitvale Ave and MacArthur Blvd in Oakland. Our annual festival that celebrates the German history of the district with a modern feel reflecting our rich diversity.  We encourage you to walk to the event and yes, the event is dog-friendly, but please bring water for your pup. For pet owners it also means Paws & Claws Annual Howloween fundraiser parade & costume competition. This year we will be offering a sneak peek of our Howloween parade, with a mini Halloween costume doggy fashion show at Oaktoberfest, Sun. Sept. 30th, 1:30pm on the Family Stage.

September 30

“Woofstock,” noon-5, Marin Humane Society. Help us celebrate the 5th anniversary of Woofstock with a day-long Adoptathon and afternoon concert featuring Wonder Bread 5! Outdoor concert from 2 to 5 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. FREE entry. Donations encouraged! Great music, great food and great company! For more information see MarinHumaneSociety.org and for tickets go to eventbrite.

September 30

“Annual Blessing of the Animals,” 11 AM, Mike’s Feed and Pets, 710 E 14th St, San Leandro. Bring your animals to Mike’s Feed & Pets for a blessing! The Blessing of the Animals at Mike’s is Sunday September 30, 2018, at 11:00 AM. Music! Tahitian Dancers! Cup Cakes! Non-denominational! For more information see mikesfeedandpets.com.

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October 2018

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month® and Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month
Find out more through the American Humane Association and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal

October 1

National Black Dog Day,”

October 1

National Fire Pup Day,”

October ? 2019

October 1-7 (First Week of October) 

National Walk Your Dog Week

Through October 31

“Pawtoberfest Fall Adopt-A-Thon,” 4800 Imhoff Place, Martinez; 910 San Pablo Ave., Pinole. Through Oct. 31, adoption fees for all dogs and cats at Contra Costa Animal Services is $20. The fee includes microchip, spay/neuter, vaccinations and license fees. For more information see co.contra-costa.ca.us.

October 4

“Feast Day of St. Francis, Catholic Patron Saint of Animals, and World Animal Day.”

October ? 2019

“Empty the Hayward Shelter,” 1-5pm, Hayward Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward. Free adoptions to qualified homes. For more information see haywardanimals.org.

October ? 2019

“Sip & Swirl Wine Tasting event for the Mutts.” 3-6pm,  1723 Evemarie Ave, Los Altos.  Our friends at Girls on the Run Silicon Valley are doing their second annual afternoon of fabulous wines and fun auction items. The event will feature delicious appetizers plus red & white wines primarily from Napa. The wines are all rated at least 90 points, and several are rated 100 points! Proceeds will benefit both GOTR Silicon Valley and also Muttville! For added fun this year, there will also be a special tasting table to benefit Muttville! For an additional donation, you can taste selections from some of the world’s most exclusive wineries – starting with Champagne and working your way to one of the world’s best dessert wines.  For more information see muttville.org.

October ? 2019

“Mutt Strutt,” 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Masonic Home, 34400 Mission Blvd., Union City. One of the most popular events of the year is the New Haven Schools Foundation Mutt Strut. Families with dogs are invited to participate, and enjoy the scenic views along the route in the Union City foothills at the Masonic Home. The event also includes a pancake breakfast, games, contests and prizes. For more information see nhsfoundation.org.

October ? 2019

“Wags to Riches,” 4 PM, Shrine Event Center, 170 Lindbergh Avenue, Livermore.  Please join us at Wags to Riches 2018 as we celebrate the “Year of the Dog”! The evening consists of live and silent auctions, a bag raffle, Police K9 demonstrations and a delicious meal catered by Englund’s Catering. We’ll also have plenty of “ambassadogs” on hand to make the evening festive!  I know we all love our dogs but we have to ask you to please not bring your personal dog.  For more information see gsrnc.org.

October ? 2019

“Dogs Stroll for Strive in Piedmont Park”, 9-11 AM, Piedmont Park. Join us as we walk our dogs and raise money to support training programs for low-income adults with barriers to employment in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. $20/dog ($25 at the event), $30/family with multiple dogs ($35 at the event). For more information email strivedogstroll@gmail.com.

October ? 2019

“An Interfaith Companion Animal Memorial Service,” 3:30-4:30 PM, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive, San Francisco. Everyone is invited to a celebration of the lives of our beloved pets. Anyone who has grieved the loss of a companion animal understands the depth and intensity of this journey. Join together to honor and acknowledge our relationships with these animals. The service will be led by Dr. Betty Carmack and Lois Roach. Please feel free to bring a photo and/or a memento to place on the altar we will create together. Children are welcome. Parking available in Safeway lot across the street from St Aidan’s. For more information, please call  415-285-9540, ext. 3.

October ? 2019

“Blessing of the Animals, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga. Held the first Sunday in October. Don’t miss one of the most fun services of the year in honor of St. Francis Day! Enjoy the parade of our parish pets and animals in all their barking, meowing, squawking, braying, splashing glory! Bring your dogs on leashes, fish in water, cats and other small animals in carriers please. Stuffed animals welcome, too! Kibble and cake afterwards. Woof! For more information contact 408-867-3493 or st-andrews-saratoga.org

October ? 2019

“Blessing of the Animals – A Celebration of St. Francis,” 9-12, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco. Everyone is welcome to bring their pet and celebrate Blessing of the Animals at the 9:00 or 11:00 services. All pets and their humans are welcome! Please ensure pets are safely in carriers or on a leash. Photos of animals not able to attend also welcome. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/217108298704910

October ? 2019

“Blessing of the Animals,”, 10 a.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 4620 California Street, San Francisco. St. Francis Day: Blessing of the Animals Service. Honor St. Francis and our animal companions with this service of thanksgiving for all of God’s creatures. Bring your four-legged, two-legged and no-legged friends for a blessing. For more information contact (415) 751-1198 or stjamessf.org.

October ? 2019

“Blessing of the Animals,”, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m., services, and at hospitality time. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. The Feast of St. Francis & Blessing of the Animals. Remember St. Francis of Assisi (feast day October 4) the patron and namesake of our San Francisco. With his associate, Clare, Francis lived a life of simplicity, active care for the poorest of the poor, and appreciation for the divine imprint in all creatures. Franciscan ideals continue to enliven and challenge us today. On this day, we bless domestic animals as a token of the love St. Francis showed for all created beings. Your pets are welcome at the 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m., services, and at hospitality time. For the safety and comfort of all, each must be on a leash or in a secure carrier, and please exercise your pet before entering the church. For more information contact 415-749-6344 or gracecathedral.org

October ? 2019

“Blessing of the Animals,” Church of the Epiphany, 1839 Arroyo Avenue, San Carlo. Your animal friends are welcome to services as we celebrate The Feast of Saint Francis beginning outside with the blessing our animal friends. All animals must be leashed or in carriers. There will be a pet supply collection for “Coppers Dream,” a foster-based rescue organization. Please bring your new or gently used collars and leashes, beds and blankets to a box labeled for Coppers Dream that will be outside the parish hall – or just inside. Please hand any $ donations to The Rev. Hailey McKeefry Delmas. For more information call 650.591.0328

October ? 2019

“Tails & Ales,” 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mitchell Park, 600 E Meadow Dr, Palo Alto. Join us on Saturday, October 13 at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto for Humane Society Silicon Valley’s inaugural Tails & Ales! Featuring family-fun activities, crafts, vendors, breweries, and wineries to boot, Tails & Ales brings our community together to raise money and awareness for Humane Society Silicon Valley. For more information about Tails & Ales, visit tailsales.org

October ? 2019

“Black & White ‘Fur’ Ball Adoption Event,” Noon-6 p.m., Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward. Featuring black and white shelter pets looking for homes plus shelter pets of all other color combinations. Hor d’oeuvres and nonalcoholic beverages, door prizes and raffle baskets. All adoptions are $20 ($17 dog license fee for Hayward residents only). For more information see haywardanimals.org.

October ? 2019

“Dogtoberfest,” 11-3, Robert Livermore Park, 491 Loyola Way, Livermore.  DOGtoberfest … a doggone good time for dogs and their humans! The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District will be hosting the fourth annual DOGtoberfest, Sunday, October 14! The event is designed to help promote the 7 dog parks in the LARPD district to the community. Join in the officially sanctioned attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records “Most Dogs Wearing a Bandana.” Each dog participant receives an LARPD bandana. For more information see larpd.org.

October ? 2019

“Blessing of the Animals,” 2:45pm-4:00pm, Skyline Community Church, 12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland. Skyline Community Church will host the 18th Annual “Blessing of the Animals” on Sun., October 14, 3-4:00 pm, (registration starts at 2:45). This is a special ceremony to honor our animal companions and acknowledge the blessings they bring to our lives. Bring your pets: dogs, cats, chickens, horse, goats, parakeets, fish, etc. (leashed or caged) or a photo of your pet (“In Memoriam” space provided). Refreshments provided for both pets and owners.  Ceremony will take place on the plaza in front of the sanctuary, set in a beautiful hillside environment. Afterward, guests are invited to walk with your pet through the unique labyrinth behind the sanctuary. In the fall all over the world, lively and sacred ceremonies are held to bless our animal companions and honor the blessings they bring us. Churches of all denominations honor beloved pets around the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct 4) the patron saint of animals and the environment. Rev. Laurie Manning and Rhea Babbitt of Skyline Community Church  will bless your pet(s) or photos of beloved pets who cannot make the journey or have passed on.  For more information see skylineucc.org.

October 15-November 30

“Wishbones for Pets Month”. Wishbones for Pets® is the first international pet sitter charity drive which takes place yearly October 15 through November 30. Each year, professional pet sitters throughout the United States and Canada offer a pet supply fund-drive approximately six weeks prior to Thanksgiving, with all the proceeds going to their favorite pet-related charity in their local community. It’s only natural that pet sitters want to help pets that need a forever home. Many pet sitters will be asking for donations or pet goods to help a local charity of their choice. There will be drop boxes at local business establishments who have agreed to sponsor this event. Look for ads and signs promoting it! “Wishbones for Pets” is to pet sitters what “Toys For Tots” is to the Marines. Make a difference for the pets in your community! If you’re a pet sitter you’re invited to join our forum. For more information see wishbonesforpets.com.

 

October  28

“Anniversary of Giving at Plank,” 11:00 am – 12:00 am (21+ after 9:00pm), Plank99 Broadway, Oakland.  Head to Plank in Oakland for a fun filled day of bowling, bocce ball and enjoy the dog-friendly beer garden! On Sunday October 21 and 28, a portion of all bowling and gaming sales will be donated to the East Bay SPCA to help local homeless pets in need in honor of Plank’s 4th Anniversary. Ambassador animals and volunteers from the East Bay SPCA will also be on site to cheer you on and provide information about our programs and services.” For more information see Plank.

October ?

“Saratoga Pet Parade,” 11-1, Saratoga Village Center, Big Basin Way, Saratoga. Every year, the SVDC (Saratoga Village Development Council) holds a pet parade and contest in downtown Saratoga. Sponsored by Saratoga Village Development Council (SVDC) – see www.SaratogaVillage.info

October ?

“Collie Fun Day”, 11-4pm, Morgan Hill. We invite NCR friends, supporters and collie lovers to join in fun, food and fellowship with collies for the afternoon. Come and spend the day with beautiful collies and fellow collie lovers. Share your collie’s cutest tricks or their amazing story of rescue. Refreshments will be available. Please RSVP to laurie@calcollierescue.org by October 31st. include the number of people and number of collies in your group, and if you would like to pre-register for CGC Testing. Collies & Shelties only please. For more information see NorCal Collie Rescue at facebook.com/norcalcollierescue or http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e88d1975ea101684ad7b6f8b5&id=8a02a34d38

October ?

“Bay Area Pet Fair,” 10am – 5pm, Marin Center, San Rafael. On October 15 and 16, 2016, the Pet Food Express Bay Area Pet Fair will feature more than 70 California pet rescues and shelters in attendance, with over 1,000 adoptable dogs, cats & small animals. In addition, the event is an extravaganza for pet-loving families. Admission and parking is free, and there will be free live shows, free activities for kids and dogs, food trucks, lots of giveaways and loads of vendors. For more information see bayareapetfair.org

October ? 2019

“Paws & Claws 12th Annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade & Costume Party Fundraiser,” 2-4pm, Paws & Claws Oakland, 3435 Dimond, Oakland. Join us for our 12th Annual “Howl-o-ween” Pet Parade & Costume Contest in the Dimond District. Meet in front of Paws & Claws Saturday, October 20th at 2pm to parade through the Dimond business district collecting treats. Pets, kids & adults are welcome to participant in the parade. After the parade, we return to Paws & Claws for a chance to win some fun prizes as folks compete for the Best Human & Pet Costume. This annual celebration includes some of the best costumes you’ll ever see. This year’s event will benefit Pals East Bay, a nonprofit organization that provides monthly free wellness clinics and support for spay & neutering, as well as end-of-life and rescue. For more information see PawsNClawsOakland.com, or call 510-336-0105.

October ?

“CorgiCon” 10-2, Ocean Beach, San Francisco. “Furriends! Are you ready to get your FRAP and DERP on? Fall 2016 Event will take place at Ocean Beach across the street from Beach Chalet Restaurant, between Stairwell 21 and Fulton Street. For more information and to RSVP see corgicon.com.

October 25 (Thursday)

“CPK for the East Bay SPCA!” 11am-9:30 pm, California Pizza Kitchen, 1328 Stoneridge Mall Rd., Ste. D122, Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton. On Thursday, October 25 California Pizza Kitchen’s Pleasanton location in the Stoneridge Mall will be donating a percentage of all proceeds to the East Bay SPCA. Bring your friends and family to enjoy their unique signature pizzas, creative cocktails and decadent desserts while helping needy animals in our community. For more information see eastbayspca.org.

October 26-28

“Dog Walking Academy,”Oakland SPCA. An intensive four-day workshop leading to professional dog walking certification. Graduates are fully equipped to start a dog-walking business — or advance an existing one. For more information and to register see DogTec.org/dogwalkingacademy.php.

October 27

“4th Annual Pints For Pups,” 1-8pm, Golden State Brewery, 1252 Memorex Drive, Santa Clara. Join us for the 4th Annual Pints for Pups, where great beer, fantastic one-of-a-kind art, and good food come together to help local pups find forever homes. Sponsored by South Bay Beerhounds, Clay Planet, and Golden State Brewery. The Fourth Annual Pints for Pups will benefit Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue and the Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue. This event is all about Rescue Dogs, Beer and Art. . . All the best stuff! We’ll have 20 local artists selling their wares (think one of a kind Pint Glasses and Growlers amongst other unique handcrafted items). Golden State Brewery will be pouring all of their amazing beers. The two rescue groups will have some of their adoptable dogs as well as information on how to adopt, foster, or support these wonderful rescue groups. To register for free tickets, see Eventbrite.

October 27

“Tail Waggers Adoption Fair and Fundraiser,” 10am-1pm, Atelier Salon & Barber Shop, 1047 Lincoln Ave, San Jose. “Atelier Salon & Barbershop has graciously asked to host a SCTW adoption event at their beautiful shop in Willow Glen this fall! There will be raffle prizes, and Atelier will be giving away Gift Bags full of amazing goodies from local businesses around their shop. (Since Tail Waggers are never allowed to be adopted on the spot, these gift bags will be given once our adoption process is complete, approximately 1-2 weeks after the event, and while supplies last!). For more information see the Tail Waggers Event page.

October ?

“Halloween Pet Costume Contest,” 2-3, PetCo Unleashed, 185 Branham Lane, San Jose. Bring your costumed pet in to strut their stuff at our Halloween Pet Costume Contest. Prizes and treats will be awarded including the grand prize – a Petco Gift Card! Dress up with your pet for bonus points!

October ?

“Boo! Barks, Brews + Bites,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland. Festive event with paw painting for pups, pets pampering, pet psychic, pooch photo booths, doggy treats, canine costume contest and more. For more information see http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/events/special-events

October ?

“HOWL-LOWEEN Dog Costume Contest,” 1-4 pm, Big Dog Vineyards, 4545 Felter Road, Milpitas. Join Furry Friends Rescue for their Spooktacular Fun Howl-loween Dog Costume Contest! Enjoy Wine Tasting, Dog Adoption Showcase, Yappy Hour dog goodies, Snacks and great Raffles! Fundraiser for rescue dog and cats! For more information and tickets, please visit their website atfurryfriendsrescue.org.

October ?

“SFACC’s Pet Pride Day,12-5 pm, 1200 15th St. and Alabama Street (Rescue Row), San Francisco. “San Francisco Animal Care & Control presents the 23rd annual Pet Pride Day. Join SFACC at our HQ for this free event celebrating pets and the people who love them. The street fair will include onsite adoptions (ACC adoption fees waived), pet costume contest, photo booth, food trucks, and kids activities. Plus Bay Area animal rescue groups with adoptable animals and pet-product vendors. Free microchipping for SF residents with licensed dogs. All proceeds benefit the ACC shelter animals.” For more information see Petprideday.com.

October ?

“aPAWcalypse!” 1-4pm, Westbrae Biergarten, 1280 Gilman St., Berkeley. Jjoin us at Westbrae Biergarten for some spooky, aPAWcalyptic fun! Bone-chilling fall craft beers, de(vi)licious food truck treats, a pet costume contest (prizes for top 3 costumes), a thrilling silent auction, plus scarily adorable dogs and cats available for adoption, adds up to a wicked good time! Westbrae Biergarten, Sierra Nevada and Berryessa are generously donating beer proceeds from this event to benefit Berkeley Humane. Please join us for a few cold ones, some ghoulish fun, all while supporting shelter animals! We hope to see you there! Free to attend & pet friendly (harnessed & leashed, please). For more information see https://berkeleyhumane.org/apawcalypse

October 27

“Canine Companions for Independence® DogFest Walk ‘n Roll,” 11am, Jack London Square in Oakland. Grab your friends, family and dogs and head to Jack London Square in Oakland, CA on October 27 for DogFest Bay Area. Once again, we’ll be partnering with Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites in making this a not-to-be-missed event! Furry friends and families are invited to join us for a day of fun, festivities, graduate speakers, dog demonstrations, music, food and more! Registration is free. Last year over 2,500 supporters enjoyed a great day at DogFest Bay Area. Attendees had the chance to meet assistance dogs and puppies in training, listen to a graduate speaker, do a little pet shopping from local vendors, enjoy great beer and food, pet caricatures drawings, face painting, a costume contest and much, much more! We look forward to celebrating with our supporters, graduates, volunteers and friends again in 2018. For more information see cci.org.

October 27

“Hot Rods 4 Paws car show,” 10-4, Petco, 5481 Lone Tree Way, Brentwood. The fifth annual Hot Rods 4 Paws benefit car show supports Furry Friends Pet Relief, which aids more than 3,000 Bay Area pets annually, helping their owners pay for vaccines, preventative medical assistance, microchipping and spay and neuter surgeries, allowing people to keep their pets at home and out of shelters. The hot rod show is a family-friendly event with vendors, food trucks, performers, pet costume contests, kids play zone, raffle prizes, animal rescues and adoptions and a DJ.  The car show is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ; if you want to enter your hot rod, car check-in starts at 8 a.m. and there is a $25 fee. For more information see furryfriendsfoodre.wixsite.com.

October 28

“Halloween Trick-or-Treat for Dogs in Willow Glen!” 5-6:30pm, Gussied Up Dog Boutique, 1310 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose. Dogs in costume, Trick-or-Treating up and down Lincoln Avenue in Downtown Willow Glen! This adorable event is fun for the entire family. Don’t have a dog? Bring a chair and enjoy the parade! For more information see facebook.com/events/518107528616352/

October 28

“Strut Your Mutt Costume Party,” 12:30-3pm, The Haute Enchilada, 7902 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing. Strut Your Mutt For a Tail Wagging Paw-ty to Benefit Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. Tickets are $25 and include a Burrito Bar, Chips and Salsa, Agua Fresca and entry into the costume contest. Peace of Mind Dog Rescue is a resource and advocate for senior dogs and senior people on the Central Coast. For more information see www.peaceofminddogrescue.org or the Facebook Event.

October 31

“Chow-o-Ween meet up,” 5-7 PM, LB Steak, 334 Santana Row, San Jose. LB Steak on Santana Row in San Jose is hosting Chow-o-Ween, a doggy meet up featuring local pup-lebrity Teddy Chow Chow. In the spirit of Halloween, humans are urged to bring their dogs, dressed to impress, to the restaurant’s patio for a costume contest that begins at twilight. The restaurant will feature a special “Doggy Dining” menu for the canines that includes Beggin’ Bacon  crispy bacon strips, Cluckin’ Good grilled chicken breast, Tail Waggin’ Wagyu beef patty, Good Dog New York steak, and a treat bag of  house-made dog biscuits. For the dog’s guests, the regular LB Steak dinner menu will also be served that evening, both on the patio and in the main dining room.  For more information see lbsteak.com.

October 31

“Halloween,” all night, all over.  Help you dog deal with the challenges of scary people, running kids, sugary candy, and the incessant doorbell!  See Surviving the Halloween Nightmare!

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November 2018

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month: the time to consider a companion who knows not to chew on your gym shoes, jump on visiting friends, or scratch the sisal carpet. Petfinder.com has teamed with shelters everywhere to shine the spotlight on older animals who often get overlooked. Studies have shown that having a pet around can lower blood pressure, especially when that pet is housebroken and calm. Many shelters have reduced or waived adoption fees during the month, and some have Seniors for Seniors programs, special adoption plans for older adults. So if you’re looking to add a furry companion to the family, visit your local shelter and consider an older (and probably wiser) cat or dog.
November is also National Pet Awareness Month, National Senior Pet Month, Pet Cancer Awareness Month, Pet Diabetes Month,National Pet Wellness Month, National Pit Bull Awareness Month, National Service Dog Month.

November 1

“National Cook for Your Pets Day”, everywhere.

First Week of November

“National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week”, everywhere. In 1996, The HSUS launched National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (based on an idea from the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska). Now incorporating rescue groups as well, this campaign was designed to acknowledge and promote the invaluable role shelters and other animal welfare organizations play in their communities and to increase public awareness of animal welfare issues and shelter services. During National Animal Shelter (and Rescue!) Appreciation Week, the first full week of every November, The HSUS promotes and celebrates animal shelters and rescue groups across the country through media and public outreach. National Animal Shelter (and Rescue!). For more information see AnimalSheltering.org and TailsInc.com.

November ?

“Celebration of the Animals,“ 11:30am to 12:30pm, Congregation Sinai, 1532 Willowbrae Avenue, San José. Family and animal-friendly service in the courtyard at Sinai on Sunday at 11:30 am with our pets. All pets are invited in carriers, cages, on leashes, and in bowls. Playpens for large and small dogs will be provided. All are welcome to attend this free event. The Celebration of the Animals weekend is generously sponsored and hosted by Bert & Suzanne Peters.

November ?

“Contra Costa Humane Society Anniversary Celebration, 3-5pm, Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, 1333 North California Blvd., Walnut Creek. Celebrate Contra Costa Humane Society’s 25th anniversary with wine, appetizers, a champagne toast, anniversary cake, special guests, prizes and surprises. You and your well-behaved dog can have your picture taken in the guest photo booth. For tickets and more information see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/contra-costa-humane-societys-25th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-27668677760

First Week of November

“National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week”, everywhere. In 1996, The HSUS launched National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (based on an idea from the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska). Now incorporating rescue groups as well, this campaign was designed to acknowledge and promote the invaluable role shelters and other animal welfare organizations play in their communities and to increase public awareness of animal welfare issues and shelter services. During National Animal Shelter (and Rescue!) Appreciation Week, the first full week of every November, The HSUS promotes and celebrates animal shelters and rescue groups across the country through media and public outreach. National Animal Shelter (and Rescue!). For more information see AnimalSheltering.org and TailsInc.com.

November 4 – 5 

“US Canine Scent Sports Trial,” Doggone Dirty Dog Sports, 756 Jarvis Lane, Hollister.  For more information see doggonedirtydogsports.com.

November 10

“Human-Directed Canine Aggression Seminar,” 2-3:30pm,  SF SPCA Mission Campus, San Francisco.  If your dog has growled, snarled, snapped at or bitten any person, or if you want to understand why or how this could happen, this educational seminar is for you and your family.  According to the CDC Dog Bite Prevention center it is estimated that 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs of all breeds each year.  In 2008 there were 316,200 emergency room visits and 9,500 hospital stays due to dog bites.  The emergency room cost of dog bite injuries averaged $18,200 with more men needing care than women. Children from ages 5-9 had the highest percentage of hospital visits due to a dog bite.  It’s not easy to understand aggressive behaviors in animals, and it can also be embarrassing and frustrating for their human caregivers.  Understanding where aggression comes from will give you the ability to help your dog and keep others safe, especially if your dog has bitten in the past.  This seminar will help you and your family understand your dog’s aggression, how to be more tuned in to his/her emotional state, and what can be done to start to help reduce incidences of aggression.  For more information see sfspca.org.

November ?

“Celebration of the Animals,“ 11:30am to 12:30pm, Congregation Sinai, 1532 Willowbrae Avenue, San José. Family and animal-friendly service in the courtyard at Sinai on Sunday at 11:30 am with our pets. All pets are invited in carriers, cages, on leashes, and in bowls. Playpens for large and small dogs will be provided. All are welcome to attend this free event. The Celebration of the Animals weekend is generously sponsored and hosted by Bert & Suzanne Peters.

November ?

“Contra Costa Humane Society Anniversary Celebration, 3-5pm, Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, 1333 North California Blvd., Walnut Creek. Celebrate Contra Costa Humane Society’s 25th anniversary with wine, appetizers, a champagne toast, anniversary cake, special guests, prizes and surprises. You and your well-behaved dog can have your picture taken in the guest photo booth. For tickets and more information see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/contra-costa-humane-societys-25th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-27668677760

November 23

“Wolfenoot”, everywhere. Jax Goss wrote, “My son has invented a holiday called Wolfenoot. It is when the Spirit of the Wolf brings and hides small gifts around the house for everyone. People who have, have had, or are kind to dogs get better gifts than anyone else. You eat roast meat (because wolves eat meat) and cake decorated like a full moon. A holiday to the spirit of wolves that celebrates people who are kind to dogs? I can 100% get behind this. So we will be celebrating Wolfenoot. It’s on the 23rd November if anyone else is moved to celebrate it.  (If you do, send me pics, so I can show my kid his idea spread. )  Please use #wolfenoot if you post pics or anything so he can see how it spreads. He’s already excited that other people want to do it. 

November 27-December 3

National Pet Suffocation Week – http://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/pet-suffocation-awareness and https://www.facebook.com/PreventPetSuffocation
Instagram.com/preventpetsuffocation

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December 2018

? Through December 31

“$12 Adoption Special for all Adult Animals,” Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave, Milpitas. No appointment necessary. Cost: $12 for all adult pets, at our main facility and at all of our neighborhood adoption centers. For more information contact HSSV at 408-262-2133, adoptions@hssv.org, or hssv.org/home.

? Through December 31

“Umbrella of Hope’s Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month,” Various dates and locations – see website for more details. Umbrella of Hope will waive all fees to qualifying homes You can be a hero to a deserving senior pet. For more information see beourpet.org.

? Through December 31

“Home For The Holidays,” various times, four locations in Santa Clara County. HSSV has four adoption centers in Santa Clara County. Stop by one of these locations this holiday season, from November 27 to December 31, for $15 adoptions* on any animal! For more information, and to browse our available animals, see hssv.org.

? Through January 1

“Annual Holiday Windows,” Macy’s Union Square, Stockton at O’Farrell, San Francisco. Adoptable animals from the SF/SPCA on display at Macy’s Union Square windows. See the SF/SPCA for more information.

? Through January 7

“Home for the Holidays”, SVACA, 3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara. Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority’s Home for the Holidays campaign runs through Jan. 7 and aims to place all adoptable animals in forever homes. Adoption fees for adults (6 months or older) will be $20 and every adoption, senior or otherwise, will include a Despicable Me 3 Minion Cam, courtesy of Tend Insights. The cams can be set up to check in on your pets when you’re not home.

? Through January 7

“Wag Hotels Season of Giving Donation Drive,” Join Wag Hotels’ Season of Giving Donation Drive for Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch.Donate online or at any Wag Hotels location. No donation is too big or too small. Contact Liz Miller, Liz@waghotels.com, 415-876-0700.

December ?

“Los Gatos Children’s Christmas/Holidays Parade,” Join various rescue groups, vet hospitals, and dog training clubs in this annual parade. See lgsrecreation.org for more information.

December 2

“Senior Pet Health and Wellness Seminar” 2-4:30pm, SF/SPCA, 243 Alabama Street, San Francisco.  One thing most pet owners have in common: some day, their beloved animal companions will become seniors.  The SF SPCA is pleased to be able to present a special seminar to help pet owners and pet care professionals create an environment for senior pets that minimizes their risk of injury and illness, maximizes their health and comfort, and increases the quality of their lives and ours. For more information see sfspca.org.

December 2 and 9

“Dog Day at Christmas in the Park,” 10-2, Christmas at the Park (Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park – S. Market Street, San Jose between San Carlos and San Fernando Streets), San Jose. Free pet visits with Snta, pet adoptions, vendor booths and more! Leash-up your dogs and come on down to Christmas in the Park. For more information see christmasinthepark.com.

December ?

“Furry Friends Rescue Pet Photo With Santa Paws and Holiday Photos,” 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Pet Food Express, Saratoga. Furry Friends Rescue benefits from this holiday photo event. For more information see  FurryFriendsResue.org.

December ?

Santa Paws” 11-3, Mission Campus Geraldi Building, 250 Florida Street, San Francisco. The San Francisco SPCA is hosting Santa Paws at its Mission Campus on Saturday, December 9. It’s a special holiday event where you and your beloved pooch can get a close-up with Mr. Claus. Bring your dog and enjoy taking a festive holiday photo! No RSVP required. For more information see sfspca.org.

December 15 – 16  

“US Canine Scent Sports Trial,” Doggone Dirty Dog Sports, 756 Jarvis Lane, Hollister.  For more information see doggonedirtydogsports.com.

December 15 – 16

“Home for the Holidays Adoption Event and Holiday Pet Photos,” Hayward Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward. For more information see haywardanimals.org.

 December ??

“Dog Walking Academy,” Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames, Milpitas. An intensive four-day workshop leading to professional dog walking certification. Graduates are fully equipped to start a dog-walking business — or advance an existing one. For more information see DogTec.org/dogwalkingacademy.php.

December ?

“Pet Photos with Santa,” different locations. Holiday pet portrait session with Santa! Parents & kids can join in the photos! 100% of all proceeds go directly to Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue to help rescue Bay Area Labs! For more information see labrescue.org.

December ?

“Santa Photos,” 11-3, Pet Food Express, 1902 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell. Bring your pet (dog, cat, rabbit, etc.!) to take a picture with Santa! Donations of $10 or more are requested to help the animals at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority. For more information contact Friends of SVACA at (408) 421-2556 or contact@friendsofsvaca.org or see http://www.friendsofsvaca.org. Pictures available on site. $10.00 requested donation benefits SVACA.

December ?

“Santa Paws,” 11 AM – 2 PM, Santana Row, 377 Santana Row, San Jose. Bring your canine and feline friends to Santana Row’s Park Valencia across from Maggiano’s Little Italy for a keepsake photo with Santa Claus. Photos are $20 and all of the proceeds will benefit Humane Society Silicon Valley. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. in Park Valencia. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/1233777479986984/

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“NorCal Poodle Rescue Holiday Brunch,” 11am, Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr, Danville. Please join us at the NorCal Poodle Rescue Holiday Brunch. Enjoy new friends, silent auction, poodle theme gifts and excellent food while benefiting rescue dogs. Cost: $50. For more information see norcalpoodlerescue.net.

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“The Northern California Pug Club’s PUGTACULAR”, 1-4 pm, The Danville Grange, 743 Diablo Road, Danville. For more information see pugtacular.com

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 “Pet Photo Nights,” December 11th 6pm-9pm, Monday, December 18th 6pm-9pm.  NewPark Mall, lower level, 2086 NewPark Mall, Newark. Bring your dogs and cats to meet Santa and take holiday pictures.Each pet will receive a Free Sweet Treat! For more information see newparkmall.com.

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Other Events listings can be found at PuppyWorksDogFriendly.comFetch The Paper (especially for North Bay events), In Circle PetsThe BarkDD’s Dog Training (obedience matches and workshops), Dogtivities, and the American Kennel Club. See also the specialty clubs, such as the Bay Area Siberian Husky Club, the Bay Area Rhodesian Ridgeback ClubBay Area King Charles Cavalier Spaniel ClubFriends of SF/ACC, and NorCal Boxer Rescue. Did I miss an event? Is there an important detail I left out? Please let me know! Page hosted by Stacy’s Wag’N’Train, offering dog and puppy training in San Jose!